UPPER SOUTH EAST COMMUNITIES COALITION, INC - Environmental Preservation Group in Washoe County
Mission Statement
"Working with community partners to educate and inform the public on the
value of open spaces, wetlands and flood plains, along with the benefit of wildlife in the environment of Washoe County."
 The Upper South East Communities Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation.

For the protection of
Open water ponds
Flowing creeks
Native Vegetation

Wild Horses
Bald Eagles
Golden Eagles
Other Raptors
Great Blue Herons
Dozens of Migrating Waterfowl
General Wildlife

In Washoe County

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Steamboat Creek - Beautiful - Photographer William (Billy) Howard

The Upper South East Communities Coalition began as an ad-hoc group (with no formal name) many years ago after learning that Washoe County and the City of Reno approved the largest destruction of wetlands in northern Nevada to build a housing development.  Destroying over 100 acres.  For information on the loss of critical wetlands in the U.S. visit

Several years later we worked to stop a development of over 1300 houses on 216 acres of wetlands, open space and floodplain.  The exact area that is in the picture below.  

Our current project is to work to require the Army Corps of Engineers to deny a Clean Water 404b permit, or require an Environmental Impact Statement, for a destructive road project that is to fill in, and pave over portions of the creek that you see below.  One portion that is to be destroyed is this exact spot in the picture below. This creek and other wetlands and ponds in the area are listed as Waters of the U.S. and are under federal control.  This is Steamboat Creek in Reno Nevada.

Steamboat Creek at Mira Loma - this area will be destroyedThis is just one portion of a 4.5 mile destructive project that will destroy wetlands, impact floodplains and impact wildlife to include the "taking" of Bald Eagles and most likely the rounding up and sending to auction (slaughter) wild horses (that are not on federal 

land and are not federally protected) that roam in the area.

Please view our slideshow below to see just some of the many species of wildlife that roam in this 2000 acre area.

An additional factor that determines the Southeast Connector Road Project is detrimental to the environment is that there are significant issues regarding Chemicals of Concern (COC's) in the area.  The Upper South East Communities Coalition is particularly concerned about the significant amounts of methyl mercury and arsenic.  This heavily contaminated soil, rests mostly stagnant, in the pathway of this project.  The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) plan on moving this heavily contaminated material around for months with the final use to be as fill under their roadway.  They are building a "floodable" road with hazardous waste underneath it on a floodplain that is in FEMA designated floodway and in a federally and locally designated flood storage area.  

Please visit our Mercury/Contaminations page to learn more of this dangerous component, that is a factor in this project and read the EPA's public comment to the RTC's 404 permit application.
If you are interested in helping us, The Upper South East Communities Coalition, make sure that this project is not environmentally damaging, and is "in the right spot" go to "Contributions" or "Events" to consider a contribution, find information on fund raising events and to see how you can become involved in actions to help. 
See below the groups and organizations who support an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) to make sure this project is where it needs to be,then, please come in and visit "About Us" and read our story.
       Thank you for visiting!


Upper South East Communities Coalition Inc
Mailing address:
4313 Leeward Lane
Reno, Nevada  89502-7757
This effort is funded entirely by contributions from people who care about open space, wetlands and floodplains!
Please Consider a tax deductible donation TODAY!
    We want to thank all who signed our petition!  We have approx 1000 signatures to submit to the Army Corps of Engineers!    
Upper South East Communities Coalition Inc
Public Comment to the Army Corps of Engineers for the 404 permit application on the Southeast Connector Road Project
Public Comment (PDF — 4 MB)
Public Comment Exhibits (PDF — 10 MB)
For privacy reasons we have not included, for viewing here, the letters and the petition that included names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mails.  Included were letters from 4 HOA's and one non-HOA community, and 13 homeowners.  Also included were approx 1000 names on our petition.
Thank you everyone!
In Support of an Environmental Impact Study:

 Upper South East Communities Coalition, Inc.
Board of Directors:
Kimberly Rhodemyre, Chair
Wayne Sievers, Vice Chair
Yvonne Nordmyer, Secretary
Eric Cole, Director
John Saludes, Director