Truckee River

There is a dump truck in the background. In the forefront is a man in a gray sweater with his back to the camera looking at a pile of debris.
Lucia Starbuck / This Is Reno

The City of Reno has ramped up cleanups of homeless camps over the last several weeks. KUNR's Lucia Starbuck covered a cleanup Wednesday morning in partnership with This Is Reno.

Una mujer que viste una camisa amarilla y negra y lleva una máscara, está parada en la esquina. En el suelo, frente a ella, hay un dibujo de tiza que se asemeja a una cara.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

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En la víspera del Día de los Pueblos Indígenas, varios eventos tuvieron lugar en Reno para elevar las voces indígenas a través del arte y la limpieza de un río.

A woman in a yellow and black shirt with a mask stands in the corner. On the ground in front of her is a chalk drawing that resembles face.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

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There were several events throughout Reno over the weekend ahead of Indigenous Peoples’ Day today to uplift Indigenous voices through art and a river clean up.

Meet One Of Reno's Buskers

Sep 13, 2019
A man in sunglasses holds up sheet music.
Wyatt Daane

Every day, Reno's busking community is out on the sidewalks using a menagerie of musical instruments to provide a soundtrack for the city. KUNR's Wyatt Daane shares the story of one local street musician.

Our Town Reno: Life Along The Truckee River

Dec 18, 2018

Until recently, Wendy Wiglesworth lived for nine years on the banks of the Truckee River after fleeing an abusive relationship and not feeling comfortable at Reno's main downtown shelter.  In this audio postcard, she recounts details of surviving as a homeless person and creating a sense of community along the river.

Brown water from the Truckee River floods a staircase so that only the railings are visible.
Ty O'Neil

The Washoe Board of County Commissioners has approved language for a ballot measure that would increase property taxes for Truckee River flood mitigation. Voters will decide in November. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more.

Photo Essay: Planting 10K Flowers In Downtown Reno

Nov 22, 2017
Frankie Wenson

On a early Saturday morning, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, an environmental non-profit, had members recently plant 10,000 flower bulbs in downtown Reno. Our contributor Frankie Wenson visited the crews and took photos of their work. 

Frankie Wenson is part of the Reynolds Media Lab at the Reynolds School of Journalism. 

Noah Glick

Communities along the Truckee, Carson and Walker Rivers can breathe a sigh of relief for now, as the National Weather Service has downgraded some of its flooding projections from last week. Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

John Humphrey

This year, Northern Nevada was blasted with several major winter storms that caused widespread flooding and extensive property damage. But the weather also provided the first real test for area flood mitigation projects.

Noah Glick

Northern Nevada saw historic amounts of precipitation this water season, leaving many low-lying areas flooded and many higher elevations buried in snow. And experts warn that increasing population and development can open up opportunities for more damage if water is not properly managed.

Michelle Billman

State and local officials have been assessing flood damage in Northern Nevada, taking aerial tours of the region and inspecting on foot. Our News Director Michelle Billman joined the group as they visited downtown Reno to get the latest.

Reno Fire Chief David Cochran via Twitter

2 am Monday update:

As the Truckee River begins to level off in downtown Reno, the river is expected to crest between 6 am and noon Monday in Sparks. As of 2 am, there have been no flood-related injuries reported by REMSA, though about 400 dwellings in Washoe County and nine commercial buildings were evacuated. Our News Director Michelle Billman just spoke to Seth Williams, he's a division chief for Reno Fire, to get an update on flood conditions and to look ahead on what to expect for the morning commute.

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Check It Out: Reno Gets New Sidewalk Art

Sep 23, 2016
Alexandra Mosher

The city of Reno is testing out a new sidewalk art project named, “Confluence.” Reno Public Radio’s Alexandra Mosher has the story.

Reno residents walking along the Truckee River downtown, may encounter cursive yellow prose winding along the sidewalk.

Berkeley artist Todd Gilens and volunteers recently laid the script after Gilens approached the City of Reno to be a part of his project. He’s also putting up similar displays in San Francisco and Mammoth Lakes.

“What I hope people get from the project is a sense of reflection about the space that they’re in.”

Dana Nollsch/ThisisReno.com

The Truckee River impacts us all. That was the message a coalition of organizations presented at an open house this week to gather community input about the future of the river. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno was there and has this story.

Nevada Land Trust Executive Director Alicia Reban says the open house was the first opportunity to see what the One Truckee River group has been working on for the past year.

Michelle Billman

For the first time a comprehensive management plan is being proposed for the Truckee River. This week, that plan will be revealed to the public. Reno Public Radio contributor Ky Plaskon has the story.

Along the Truckee River there are more than 130 groups and government agencies. Each one has its own way of managing things like people and pollution. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Executive Director Christi Cakiroglu has seen the result of this inconsistent management.

Just Add Water: Reno River Festival Is Back

May 6, 2016
Antoine Debroye, Flickr (CC by SA-2.0)

The 13th annual Reno River Festival is welcoming the return of its most critical element: water.

The gushing water of the Truckee River is a sound for sore ears as kayakers return for the annual River Festival in the heart of downtown Reno.

Jess Horning is with Liquid Blue Events, one of the organizers of the festival. He says last year the kayakers couldn't compete...

Julia Ritchey

The city is reopening the new Virginia Street Bridge on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and procession. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, the city hopes the bridge will usher in a new era for the downtown with a nod to its past.

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.

Nick Ares / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Truckee River Flood Management Authority recently received $1.75 million dollars to create a flood plan for the region. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick sat down with their executive director, Jay Aldean, to discuss what that means.

One of his biggest tasks for Aldean and his agency is planning and building infrastructure that will protect the region from major storms and flooding.

Julia Ritchey

The Truckee River has been called one of the most litigated waterways in the West. But a landmark agreement reached by federal, state, tribal and local officials last year has cleared the way to better management of the region's most valuable resource. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

The Truckee River Operating Agreement has been more than 27 years in the making and finally puts an end to decades of court proceedings and high-level negotiations over the waterway's future.

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