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Truckee Meadows Stormwater Quality Management Program

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The Truckee Meadows Storm Water Permit Coordinating Committee (TMSWPCC) is responsible for implementing the Truckee Meadows Storm Water Management Program to protect the water quality of the region’s waterways, streams and the Truckee River. Training agency maintenance staff to incorporate best management practices and prevent pollutants from reaching the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) is an important part of that effort. This video is just one of the many ways the TMSWPCC helps inform the community of practices that prevent pollutants from reaching our MS4.

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Ordinance and Guidance Changes for Construction and Post-Construction Programs

The Truckee Meadows Storm Water Permit Coordinating Committee has updated and joined the Structural Controls Design Manual and the Low Impact Development Manual, as well as updated the Truckee Meadows Construction Site BMP Handbook.  These documents are referenced code for the Cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County.  The City of Reno will be the first to update their ordinances, RMC 12.16.895 and RMC 18.12.405 to reflect the revised documents.  The City of Sparks and Washoe County plan to update their codes in 2015-16 to incorporate references to the revised manuals.

*Two community workshops were held during summer of 2015 in cooperation with the Builders Association of Northern Nevada.

Final manuals being accepted by local governing bodies:

Only Rain in the Storm Drain!   Welcome to the Truckee Meadows Watershed Committee website, a joint effort of the Cities of Reno and Sparks, and Washoe County. How Can You Protect the Truckee River every day? Learn More. For information on Construction Site BMP trainings, latest projects and activities, View the News Page.

Fire-Resistant Revegetation Seed Mix: Offered as an Addenda to the Nevada Construction Site BMP Field Guide. Because any re-seeding work you need to do in the urban area should incorporate considerations for fire safety. 

Thank you to all our volunteers and KTMB for a great showing at the 2014 Truckee River Cleanup and Storm drain Stenciling Day on September 28, 2014! Our message? Watch your runoff, folks.  OR, if you are seeking a project for stewarding the river, contact us to stencil storm drains and help keep "Only Rain in the Storm Drain!"

The Truckee River is our biggest 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... STOP POLLUTION and learn how we can protect our Truckee River every day through our actions! The quality of the river can impact our health: it is our main source of drinking water. Learn how to best deal with your Household Hazardous Waste and protect our precious water supply.  In these times, we optimally preserve our community's quality of life and viability by reducing negative impacts to the watershed. Learn about the Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds.

Household recycling and hazardous waste in our community is important in protecting our land and water resources, and it continues to evolve. For info and safe Household Hazardous Waste information, visit Nevada Recycles.

The 2011 Storm Water Management Program (including 2014 revisions post-audit) and Appendices are official.  The 2018 Sample and Analysis Plan is effective November 28, 2017.  This document outlines the water quality monitoring being performed throughout the Truckee Meadows, in determining the effects of urbanization. For water quality data, please visit the Truckee River Info Gateway.

The Truckee Meadows Storm Water Management Program Annual Reports are on the Regulatory Compliance page.  

Find out HOW to Stop Pollution and protect our creeks and river.  For more ideas about how YOU can get involved in watershed protection with Service Learning or Stewardship Opportunities, visit our Truckee River Watershed page, contact us at or call 775-334-2350. 

What do KTMB Volunteers, University of Reno Ecohydrology and American Fisheries Society students, Water Drop Patch Girl Scouts, Bailey Charter School third graders, and Lenz Elementary students have in common? They are Truckee River stewards!

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." -John Muir

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