From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about how our tax dollars are being spent in the city of Reno.
John Svahn wrote in to ask about the Steamboat Ditch. He wants to know since it is privately owned, why does he see city of Reno trucks and crews cleaning debris out of it?
John, Joe checked with the city's Public Works Department about this.
The Steamboat Ditch is privately owned. It runs 34 miles from the Truckee River in Verdi, down to Rhodes Road in south Reno and is used to carry irrigation water.
Even though it is privately owned, the city of Reno does help to maintain it by clearing out tree branches and other trimmings, so they do not end up in the ditch.
Joe Coudriet in the Public Works Department said the city has an interest, because there are a number of city drains and stormwater facilities that empty into the Steamboat Ditch. also, if the ditch does get backed up and overflows, that would impact anyone who lives near it.
So it is something of a public-private partnership. It is one of those times when a facility is owned by a private group, but impacts the public very much and that's why city crews devote some of their time and resources to maintain it.