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City of Reno Sign Project Hopes to Prevent Pollution of Truckee River

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If you have been down by the Truckee River, you have probably seen cans, bags, and other trash.

Wednesday, the City of Reno launched a Creek Crossing Sign Project, in hopes of cleaning up our creeks and rivers.

A hundred signs have been posted along rivers and creeks to get people thinking about ways they can keep our water from becoming polluted.

"It's to let people know we are in a connective system," said Reno City Council Member Jenny Brekhus. "I think there's awareness that (Lake) Tahoe brings the water down the Truckee, but everything on our side of the mountain range also leads to the river. Having clean tributaries, unpolluted water ways contributes to our public health because we get our water here."

Some of the pollutants she is referring to have been a huge concern in the Caughlin Ranch area. A big worry is pesticides used in landscaping or solvents we use at home to clean off driveways or wash our cars outside.

Brekhus said you have to remember, some of those pollutants don't just end up in the Truckee River, they can go as far as Fallon and Pyramid Lake.

The City of Reno and the Truckee Meadows Watershed Committee obtained a grant from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to promote watershed protection and provide a tool kit for public outreach.

Federal dollars have played a huge role in this project as well and it's all part of the Clean Water Act passed by Congress in 1972.

"We are so fortunate to live in a country that has a real high standard of water quality because that's not something people enjoy in most countries," said Brekhus.

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Written by Chris Ciarlo

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