Truckee River reconstruction following flood damage

Published: Sep. 23, 2019 at 6:12 PM PDT
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Construction in the river bed of the Truckee River has been going on since mid-August.

“The main question we have been getting is from people walking down the street asking what we are doing in the river--I've been asked if this is a water park and our response has been that it is to help recreational users of the river,” says Ryan Dixon the Truckee Meadows Water Authority Construction Engineer.

The water has been halted above the Glendale Bridge, and then re-routed to the east side of the river.

Sandbags help ease the flow of the Truckee, there's a ten foot drop from here to the bridge.

To ease that drop for fish and kayakers alike, a Weir has been installed.

It looks like a series of steps.

In fact, rocks have been strategically placed horizontally from the sandbags to the bridge. Each rock weighs more than 10,000 pounds and is more than four feet in diameter.

Repairs to the intake structure along the river are part of phase two of the project.

“It is a state of the art facility it involves filtration disinfection and other products to make it safe, potable water for our customers,” says Dixon.

All of this is due to the flood of 2017 which damaged the intake structure and the river design.

A look on the other side of the bridge and the river looks like it has not been disturbed.

Phase one of this project is nearly complete.

Dixon says he hopes to have construction workers out of the water by October 1st.

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