TRUCKEE RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL

aka TRWC, foriver   |   Truckee, CA   |  www.truckeeriverwc.org

Mission

We work for the watershed. It’s our nature. Our work is multifaceted. Part science: assessing and monitoring the biology, geology, and hydrology of each project. Part management: pulling together agencies, consultants and contractors needed to get the job done. And part funding: finding the grants, foundations and donors needed to finance these ambitious multi-year efforts. Finally, it’s getting the word out: educating locals, visitors and downstream water-users about our stressed and endangered eco-system. By managing large-scale restoration projects, influencing emerging policies to mitigate risk, and engaging people from all age, interest and economic backgrounds, we work to make the watershed more resilient, sustainable and alive.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Lisa Wallace

Main address

PO Box 8568

Truckee, CA 96162 USA

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Formerly known as

Truckee River Habitat Restoration Group

EIN

91-1818748

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Truckee River region—like many places where the beauty of nature draws people who revel in it—is threatened. Species of fish have disappeared. Essential invertebrates are gone. Entire meadows are drying up. 150 years of human impact—from mining, grazing, logging, rail and highway expansion and old-time development has left the Truckee with this EPA rating: “polluted”. It’s not resilient enough to withstand current increases in population and impending climate change—which is why we need to intervene. We exist to transform and protect the vitality of this area—so that nature and humanity can thrive together for generations to come.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Restoration

Restoration in meadows, streams and wetlands throughout the Middle Truckee River watershed to benefit water quality and habitat. From the initial scoping, a restoration project typically involves pre-project monitoring, a scientific assessment, design, permitting, construction, and post-project monitoring.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Truckee River Day: Volunteer watershed restoration day involving up to 500 volunteers every year working at 10 project sites from Tahoe City to Donner Summit to the California-Nevada state border.

Adopt-A-Stream: Volunteer water quality monitoring programs. (1) Teams of volunteers "adopt" a stream and return to the same area four times a year, May through September, to conduct chemical, physical and habitat monitoring. (2) Snapshot Day is a region-wide water quality monitoring day on a single day each year providing a "snapshot” of the water quality from South Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. TRWC coordinates the efforts in the Middle Truckee River watershed. (3) Volunteers collect and identify benthic macroinvertebrates from select local streams. Field sampling is during the summer and lab sessions happen twice a month during the winter.

Weed Warriors: The Weed Warriors coordinate activities for the prevention and control of invasive weeds in the Truckee River watershed. Our activities focus on the exclusion, detection, containment and eradication of invasive weeds. These efforts concentrate on species listed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and other species of local significance.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Volunteer Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our work is multifaceted. Part science: assessing and monitoring the biology, geology, and hydrology of each project. Part management: pulling together agencies, consultants and contractors needed to get the job done. And part funding: finding the grants, foundations and donors needed to finance these ambitious multi-year efforts. Finally, it’s getting the word out: educating locals, visitors and downstream water-users about our stressed and endangered eco-system. By managing large-scale restoration projects, influencing emerging policies to mitigate risk, and engaging people from all age, interest and economic backgrounds, we work to make the watershed more resilient, sustainable and alive.

We collaborate, convene, and coordinate. We bring diverse interests together to solve complex problems—finding ways to revive the resiliency of our natural resources while supporting the vibrancy of our local community. Our goal is to continually respect all viewpoints, deliver on our commitments and move forward to get the work done— always with passion, dedication & integrity. We find far-reaching solutions that revitalize our environment and accommodate change.

TRWC has a strong board of nine members who maintain rigorous governance standards and contribute skills and experience. TRWC employs seven FTE employees year round. Our staff meets quarterly with stakeholders to identify and coordinate restoration projects to protect and enhance the Truckee River watershed. In 22 years we have established relationships with project partners who support our restoration program and share project cost. We have 100 giving society members who pledge to financially support us a minimum of $1,000/year for five years.

A watershed assessment and a tributaries assessment have been completed. Basin assessment have been completed for high-priority areas (e.g. Donner and Martis) Meadows have been restored: Perazzo, Merril-Davies, and Truckee Meadows an urban meadow. River banks and riparian area of the first four miles of the Truckee were restored and environmentally safe "landings" were created for recreational users. Volunteers have planted hundreds of sugar pine trees and willows, spread hundreds of pounds of native seed, mulched, built and stabilized trails, implemented BMPs to control erosion off their properties, and surveyed and removed acres of invasive weeds. In 2018 - if fully funded - we plan to assess the Truckee urban corridor of the Truckee River, design projects to restore Bear Creek and Coldstream, McIver Dairy meadow, Safehen Fen and Sardine meadow, and construct projects to restore areas in Dry Lake/East Martis Creek, Johnson Canyon - West, the Martis Creek Wildlife Area and the mainstem of Martis Creek and mobilize 400 volunteers at restoration projects on Truckee River Day - Oct. 14, 2018.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TRUCKEE RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jake Hudson

NV 5

John Eaton

Dave Giacomini

Sierra Mountain Mortgage

Michael Park

Annie Rosenfeld

Tahoe Donner Association

Deb Ryan

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

Joanne Roubique

Amy Horne

Mike Witherspoon

Gerry Salontai

Tony Lashbrook

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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