SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Another stretch of the lower Truckee River east of Reno will return to its more natural path in coming weeks when the fifth leg of a 7-year-old restoration effort is completed.
Crews have been carving a new, meandering river channel near where the Truckee flows past the Tracy power plant along Interstate 80. By the end of the month, the water will be diverted from the existing channel to flow along its new, more natural course.
It's part of a $6 million effort to restore 10 miles of the river downstream from Reno.
Mickey Hazlewood of the Nature Conservancy tells the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/k33adro ) the river is returning to the way it used to be before the government and others turned the meandering waters into a straight-shot channel.