New creek crossing signs around Reno-Sparks

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New creek crossing signs around Reno-Sparks

The City of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County announced Wednesday that they've finished installing about 100 educational creek crossing signs throughout the region.

Lynell Garfield-Qualls, who works for the City of Reno, says the purpose of the sign is to raise awareness about the impact of smaller creeks and runoff on the Truckee River Watershed.

"Anywhere you are in town, whatever runs off our urban surfaces drains into the nearest creek and that goes into the Truckee River."

Garfield Qualls says the signs are simple with the just the name of the specific creek and the words Truckee River Watershed. She says continuing to educate folks to keep pollutants like fertilizers, as well as pesticides and pet waste, out of the storm drain system is critical because in many neighboring communities run-off goes to treatment plants. However, that's not the case in Reno-Sparks where everything eventually makes its way the Truckee River.