Volunteer for Urban Watershed Awareness Day

August 13, 2012

On Saturday, August 18, the Truckee Meadows Watershed Committee (a partnership between the Cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County) and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB), will hold a volunteer-based urban watershed storm drain stenciling day, focusing on protecting the Truckee River from urban pollution.

To volunteer for Urban Watershed Awareness Day, contact KTMB at staff@ktmb.org or call (775) 851-5185. Volunteers will be designated a meeting location in Northwest Reno, Southwest Reno, and Midtown when they sign up to volunteer. Work starts at 8 a.m.

“It’s important for citizens, landscapers, and everyone to remember that gutter flow carries everything in its path into the Truckee River,” advises Lynell Garfield-Qualls, City of Reno Hydrologist. “This includes fertilizers from our lawns, pesticides, pet waste, oils, and fallen fruit and leaves. We need to keep polluted runoff out of the storm drain system.”

The Truckee River is our main source of drinking water here in the Truckee Meadows. Our native fish need cool, clean water, we need it, and our future generations need it. For more information on protecting the Truckee River visit Regional Stormwater Quality Management Program.

Source: City of Reno press release.

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