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Community Initiative Looks To Create Singular Truckee River Plan

Julia Ritchey

A broad coalition of community stakeholders is coming together to promote an ambitious plan for the Truckee River.

The public-private partnership is called the One Truckee River Initiative and it brings together more than 130 representatives from the county, city, local businesses and environmental groups.

Their goal is to draft a comprehensive master plan for the Truckee River tackling everything from water quality to public safety to stewardship.

Lynda Nelson is with the Nevada Land Trust, one of the organizations coordinating the effort.

"We do want to manage the river as one river. The whole idea is that there's a seamless plan through Reno, Sparks, the county and then as we move downstream through other different jurisdictions."

The initiative has raised about $480,000 so far. Nelson says the first phase of the plan, covering the most heavily used section of the river in Reno, will be completed this summer.

Future phases will extend all the way to Pyramid Lake and eventually the state-line.

More info at onetruckeeriver.org.

Julia Ritchey is a former reporter at KUNR Public Radio.
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