NDOW, City of Reno Open Life Jacket Loaner Stations

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), the City of Reno, Truckee River Foundation and One Truckee River Initiative opened two life jacket loaner stations July 19 to offer loaner life jackets to boaters, anglers and swimmers who use the Truckee River.

One loaner station is located at West Wingfield Park and the other is at Crissie Caughlin Park. The stations were funded by a combination of boating safety funds from NDOW and a grant from the One Truckee River Initiative http://onetruckeeriver.org/. The City of Reno Parks Department installed the stations and will continue to maintain them. With water levels finally receding, officials expect water enthusiasts to head to the river to recreate, so life jackets and the message of water safety are more important than ever. 

“Life jackets are required on all boats, including rubber rafts, kayaks and other paddle craft used on the Truckee River,” said Tyler Turnipseed, Chief Game Warden at NDOW. “We think that by providing loaner life jackets we can improve water and boating safety on a very popular waterway in Reno.” 

“River safety is one of our primary concerns; so we are excited to partner with NDOW and the City of Reno on the first “loaner” life jacket stations for the Truckee River. We thank all involved for the funding provided by the Truckee River fund,” said Lynda S. Nelson Natural Resource Specialist at the Nevada Land Trust. The One Truckee River Initiative is a collaboration of public and private partners working together to promote and protect the Truckee River. 

Boaters are required to carry life jackets for every person on board a boat, including rafts and kayaks. Children under the age of 13 are required to wear life jackets at all times while on a boat. Even if on tubes or inflatable pool toys, life jackets are critical to staying safe, especially in moving water, like the Truckee River. 

“This is an important partnership, and we're very appreciative of this collaborative commitment to public safety," Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran said. "Although river levels have decreased substantially in the last few weeks, it's important for the public to know that conditions can change rapidly in northern Nevada. Always wear a life jacket; there are no exceptions.”

NDOW will host a podcast on river safety Aug. 4 at www.nevadawild.org to talk in depth about the issue. Interested boaters and swimmers can follow Turnipseed on Twitter for the most up to date information on investigations @Chief_GW_NV for up to the minute information on boating, wildlife and water safety in Northern Nevada.

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