Millions of dollars infused into local economy with The Nature Conservancy’s Truckee River restoration work
Conservation work doesn’t just benefit plants and animals – it benefits the local economy as well. According to the recently released U.S. Department of Interior Economic Contributions Report, conservation and restoration work being done by The Nature Conservancy and its partners along the lower Truckee River has infused over $18 million into the Nevada economy.
Economic Contributions Report
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As part of the ongoing Truckee River Project, The Nature Conservancy has restored more than 9 river miles and 460 acres along the Truckee River just east of Reno, NV. Restoration work to date includes creating 19 new wetlands, building 31 in-stream riffle sections, and digging 13 new bends in the river.
The Department of Interior report also notes that much of the work, ranging from the initial planning and design to the final implementation, was awarded to local contractors by The Nature Conservancy.
"These types of projects help keep our local economy moving with local workers and local contractors," said Lance Semenko, Sr. Vice President at Q & D Construction. "Improving our area with local workers leaves a great impact on our community as a whole."
The report further states that:
· To date, The Nature Conservancy’s Truckee River Project has supported an average of over 37 jobs and $2.7 million in labor income to the local economy each year.
· 12 firms so far have worked on the Truckee River Project, nine of which were located within 60 miles of the river in Washoe, Storey, and Lyon Counties.
· Over 90% of the materials for the projects were purchased from local suppliers, with over half of these expenditures going to purchase rocks and rip-rap from local mining and quarrying businesses and the remaining expenditures going toward construction supplies purchased at local retailers. · More than 99% of all labor income went to employees living in the area who subsequently spent much of their income in local communities.
All of this work would not have been possible without the support of multiple federal, state and private entities. In particular, Senator Harry Reid’s ongoing support of the Truckee River Project has been important to both the conservation successes and economic impacts.
"The results of the Conservancy’s work can be enjoyed by the public along the Truckee River and elsewhere in Nevada,” noted The Nature Conservancy’s Nevada State Director Kathryn Landreth. “We are also very proud that The Nature Conservancy’s work is having such an ongoing, positive, and tangible impact on the economy of the communities in which we work and live.”
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.