RENO, NV - Unless you live in a west Reno neighborhood and drive along a length of greenbelt on Caughlin Parkway often, you might be unaware of the tiny stream at its center.
Even then you might assume the ponds and wetlands along its length were just a landscaper's invention.
But now where Caughlin Parkway crosses that greenbelt you'll be informed this is, in fact, Alum Creek and it's part of the Truckee River system.
This is one of a hundred or so creek crossings in the Truckee Meadows getting this signage, an effort marked by a brief celebration today.
But this gathering was about more than a road sign, more than Alum Creek. Ultimately it was about the Truckee River and our water supply.
The crossing is about a mile from the Truckee here, but the point is whatever makes it into Alum Creek here eventually makes it there to the river.
"It's very important for our life here in the Truckee Meadows," says Reno City Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus. "Not only what we drink, but agricultural use, industrial use. So you're not on the river, but you're part of the river when you're here."
Alum Creek with relative trickle through a manicured green belt hardly seems to present much of an issue, but runoff from yards in this neighborhood added to all the other streams and urban drains around our valley do.
The Truckee, our main source of water in this otherwise dry landscape, is the sum of all of its parts and all our responsibility.
And that's the point of this particular sign and others you'll see in the valley.