Plan to manage Truckee River approved

Published: Sep. 28, 2016 at 7:11 PM PDT
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A new plan is in place this to protect the Truckee River for generations to come. The "One Truckee River" management plan has been agreed upon on by Reno, Sparks and Washoe County as an appropriate way to incorporate the river into the city.

"The Truckee is the lifeline of our community. It is worth of our love and care and attention," said Alicia Reban, Executive Director with Nevada Land Trust.

More than just a water source, the Truckee River is a cultural centerpiece, one that is now better protected.

"We will be able to move forward with local city and county staff and start looking at ways we can move forward with some of the action items that were recommended by the plan," said Christi Cakiroglu, Executive Director of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

"There is a lot of momentum here. There is a lot of excitement for what is possible when we all come together," said Reban.

The first step is doing a thorough mapping of the river to learn what amenities are located and what is still needed.

In the long-term there are talks of creating a park that runs the river's entire length.

"Some of the issues that we have been facing along the river are multi-jurisdictional issues, and so if we had a linear park, that would result a lot of our conflicts," said Cakiroglu.

The main purpose of the river plan is to clean it up by reduce pollution, dealing with the homeless problem and making it a place families are more comfortable to visit.

"The end result is going to be better experiences on the river, safer environments, cleaner water, and better management over our regions most treasured resource," said Councilman Dave Bobzien with the City of Reno.

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