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Support Restoration Work on The Lower Truckee River

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BENEFITING: The Nature Conservancy

ORGANIZER: Shane

EVENT DATE: May 11, 2015

Dave Valentine

THE STORY:

Shane Ritter wrote -

            The Truckee River is the Lifeblood of Northern Nevada. It begins at the edges of Deep blue Lake Tahoe, running through the Sierra, coming to rest at Pyramid lake. The river is an oasis in the desert, containing an incredible amount of wildlife. It is one of the best wild trout fisheries in the Sierra.

            During the 1950's-thru the 1960's, the Truckee river East of the city of sparks underwent dramatic changes. A flood plan was instituted; putting the river in a canal of sorts. By putting the river in a trench, ground water levels fell dramatically. This caused the die off of natural vegetation, soil erosion, and the loss of cotton wood groves. The now straightened out river has increased water speeds, which causes the river bottom to become scoured. Large boulders are ripped away, along with logs, and other natural habitat, leaving a flat shallow river bottom. The damage caused has been lasting. Instead of having a natural riparian habitat, the river completely degraded.

            The Nature conservancy is working to restore the river to its pre-flood plan habitat. This restoration is vital to the health our river, to ensure the river is around in the future!

The Truckee River is the Lifeblood of Northern Nevada. It begins at the edges of Deep blue Lake Tahoe, running through the Sierra, coming to rest at Pyramid lake. The river is an oasis in the desert, containing an incredible amount of wildlife. It is one of the best wild trout fisheries in the Sierra.

            During the 1950's-thru the 1960's, the Truckee river East of the city of sparks underwent dramatic changes. A flood plan was instituted; putting the river in a canal of sorts. The damage caused has been lasting. Instead of having a natural riparian habitat, the river completely degraded.

            The Nature conservancy is working to restore the river to its pre-flood plan habitat.  By removing the river from its trench, widening the banks, and placing the river on top of the ground, habitat is slowly restored. Ground water rises, cotton wood groves sprout, and vegetation along the banks thrive. Rocks, logs, and a curve is re-added to the river, as well as deep pools, to increase aquatic life. Steps are taken to minimize bank erosion, helping water quality.  This restoration is vital to the health our river, to ensure the river is around in the future!

   over 10 miles of river have already been restored! In areas in which river restoration has already occurred, the river is thriving. Fishing is amazing, birds that haven’t been seen in decades are returning, trees are beginning to regrow! The transformation is incredible, and with your help, it can continue!

The Team: $1,100 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Shane Ritter

Amount Raised

$1,100

 

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