Drought impacts local recreation

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Updated: 7/09/2014 12:18 pm

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Water levels around the Truckee Meadows are the lowest experts have seen them in more than 20 years.

"It's a little depressing because it takes a while to rebuild fisheries and get it back to the way you want it," Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesperson Chris Healy says.

A feeling longtime angler Neil Bergeson knows all too well.

"The water is low and there's no promise of it getting higher. The rivers, the reservoirs are about empty," Bergeson says.

But anglers, boaters, and white water rafters say they're getting the most out of the conditions they can.

"I'm trying to get as much fishing in now as I can before the rivers get empty," Bergeson says.

Water levels may be "okay" for now around Boca, Stampede, and even the Truckee River, but some say it's a little worrisome what they make look like come late summer.

"This effects everybody who lives here in Northern Nevada because the quality of life is greatly effected by the amount of moisture that we get so as far as people who recreate. You know I love to go fishing on the Truckee River," well it's going to be harder and harder as the year goes on to fish on the Truckee," Healy says.

Healy says the fear is that rivers like the Truckee by the end of the year will look more like a rock garden.

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