TMWA Expands Forest Stewardship Program on Mt. Rose to Protect Watershed

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – The Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) Forest Stewardship Program on Mt. Rose Fan has been extended for another year.

While TMWAs initial partnership was right at the USFSThe private sector is now also supporting the scheme, with retail chain REI joining the ranks.

Over the summer, Megan Andrews has become acquainted with many of the hikers and cyclists who use the trails around Mt Rose and Galena each week.

“They love this forest more than I ever expected,” she said.

Andrews is an ambassador for the program, created in partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) to protect the water streams used by TMWA’s Mt. Rose Water Treatment Plant from strong recovery.

“People are really good at staying on the trails, not going off and causing erosion problems for us,” Andrews said.

She starts hiking at seven in the morning. So far, she has interacted with about 1,500 people and says the biggest problem is trail users not picking up their pets.

“We encourage people to carry bags and be aware that even if you leave the bag outside, it will disintegrate and we can have problems with bacteria and parasites from the dog poop,” Andrews said.

The $50,000 pilot was set to last a year, but thanks to funding from REI, Andrews could be out there next year.

On Friday afternoon, the program hosted a presentation event at the store at 2225 Harvard Way in Reno.

“We’re also here because people come here to prepare for these trails, and so we really wanted to highlight this public-private partnership,” he said Katlyn Lonergan, program coordinator for the Eastern Sierra and Great Basin at NFF.

Impact on recreational activities such as B. leaving the paths and / or leaving rubbish, create sediment and other materials that are bad for the water, which can then increase treatment costs.

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Going forward, Lonergan says, the goal is to add more ambassadors and expand the area covered.

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