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City of Reno Master Plan: Conservation Plan

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Amended by City of Reno in 2008. This plan is divided into nine sections: Introduction, Truckee River, Drainageways, Wetlands/Stream Environments, Geology and Soils, Geologic Hazards, Air Quality, Archaeological Resources and Historic Resources. The Introduction describes the boundary, time frame, relationship to other plans and why this plan is needed. Additional sections generally describe the conservation, development, and utilization of the natural resources identified. This Conservation Plan covers all of the City of Reno and its sphere of influence at the time this plan was prepared. This Conservation Plan horizon is to the year 2030. This plan is an element of the City of Reno Master Plan prepared in accordance with Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 278.150 through 278.170. Policies of the Truckee Meadows Regional Plan are applicable regionwide. The City of Reno Master Plan has three different levels of applicability; Citywide, Center and Corridor, and Neighborhood. Citywide plans include this Conservation Plan and other plans that apply to the entire City and its sphere of influence. Center and Corridor plans are for the eight centers and five transit oriented development corridors in the City and its sphere of influence. Neighborhood plans cover other areas, not in centers or corridors, which have been designated as appropriate for more detailed planning. Policies in center, corridor and neighborhood plans elaborate, with greater detail, upon general policies contained in the citywide and regional plans. Center, corridor and neighborhood plans must conform with and not be in conflict with policy direction of the citywide plans and the Truckee Meadows Regional Plan. Similarly, Title 18 of the Reno Municipal Code applies at the citywide, center and corridor, and neighborhood levels and must be consistent with these plans. IMPORTANT SECTIONS OF THIS DOCUMENT to watershed protection: Appendix A: Development constraints area, Appendix C: Significant wetlands, stream environments, and hydrologic resources, Appendix G: City of Reno Major Drainageways.
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Amended 2008
This plan is divided into nine sections: Introduction, Truckee River, Drainageways,
Wetlands/Stream Environments, Geology and Soils, Geologic Hazards, Air Quality,
Archaeological Resources and Historic Resources. The Introduction describes the
boundary, time frame, relationship to other plans and why this plan is needed.
Additional sections generally describe the conservation, development, and utilization of
the natural resources identified.
This Conservation Plan covers all of the City of Reno and its sphere of influence at the
time this plan was prepared.
This Conservation Plan horizon is to the year 2030.
This plan is an element of the City of Reno Master Plan prepared in accordance with
Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 278.150 through 278.170.
Policies of the Truckee Meadows Regional Plan are applicable regionwide. The City of
Reno Master Plan has three different levels of applicability; Citywide, Center and

2015 Truckee River Watershed Tributary Assessment

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The Truckee River watershed consists of several named and unnamed tributaries that flow through urbanized areas within the Truckee Meadows. Detailed assessments of these tributaries were first performed in 2002 to support development of a Watershed Management and Protection Plan, which was prepared jointly by the Washoe County Department of Water Resources, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, and the Washoe‐Storey Conservation District. The initial watershed assessments provided a broad range of valuable information, and it was determined that they should be performed annually to evaluate impacts from development and track trends in stream condition and overall stream health. Since 2005, The Truckee Meadows Storm Water Permit Coordinating Committee (SWPCC) has implemented a Watershed Assessment Program for tributaries to the Truckee River. Funding for the program is provided by the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), and the Western Regional Water Commission (WRWC). Tributary assessments were performed annually from 2005 to 2012 under direction of the SWPCC, but did not occur during 2013 or 2014 due to budgetary constraints. Tributary assessments were again performed in 2015, and the results of these assessments are presented in this report. The organization and approach, stream assessment procedures, Geographic Information System (GIS) database, and a summary of impaired waters are discussed in this section. Assessment results for the Peavine, North Carson Range, Southwest Truckee Meadows, and North Truckee Drain Watersheds are presented in Sections 2‐5, respectively.
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The Truckee River watershed consists of several named and unnamed tributaries that flow through
urbanized areas within the Truckee Meadows. Detailed assessments of these tributaries were first
performed in 2002 to support development of a Watershed Management and Protection Plan, which
was prepared jointly by the Washoe County Department of Water Resources, the University of Nevada
Cooperative Extension, and the Washoe?Storey Conservation District. The initial watershed
assessments provided a broad range of valuable information, and it was determined that they should
be performed annually to evaluate impacts from development and track trends in stream condition
and overall stream health. Since 2005, The Truckee Meadows Storm Water Permit Coordinating
Committee (SWPCC) has implemented a Watershed Assessment Program for tributaries to the
Truckee River. Funding for the program is provided by the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe

Truckee Meadows Water Authority Water Quality Report

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TMWA adheres to all federal, state and local water regulations set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, State of Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and the Washoe County District Health Department. TMWA is required to monitor and meet regulatory standards for more than 100 contaminants. All water delivered to customers is treated and must adhere to some of the strictest drinking water regulations in the world. This report is required by the EPA, and discusses water quality over the calendar year 2012.
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2014-07-29

The table below lists all of the primary regulated drinking water contaminants that we detected during the calendar 2012 year of this report on finished water that has been treated. The presence of contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate the water poses a health risk. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done in the calendar year of the report. The EPA or the State requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.

The return of the giant cutthroat trout: Anglers and conservationists celebrate as Nevada's state fish returns to ancient spawning ground

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For the first time since it was declared extinct in the 1940s, a giant cutthroat trout native to northwest Nevada’s Pyramid Lake has spawned naturally this year in its historic home. ... In the early 1900s, the lake produced the world-record cutthroat trout: 41 pounds. But due to decades of industrialization, the Pyramid Lake strain of Lahontan cutthroat trout — thought to be the largest on earth — gradually disappeared. In 1975, a fish biologist discovered surviving specimens in a mountain creek on the Utah border, and for the past four decades, biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have worked to bring the trout back to Pyramid Lake and to the Truckee River, where they once spawned. “People didn’t realize what they were losing,” said John Barnes, a biologist for the conservation group Trout Unlimited. “We live in a time when people are always talking about ‘Do you remember how good it was? Do you remember how great this place used to be?’ ” said fisherman and guide Ernie Gulley. “We can flip that around for Pyramid Lake and say, ‘The best is yet to come.’ ”
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2014-07-21

Conservation of historical fishes in Pyramid Lake are showing fantastic signs of success. Read article below.
July 10, 2014 5:00AM ET
by Nate Schweber @nateschweber
for Aljazeera America

Nevada 2012 Water Quality Integrated Report (final draft)

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The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is required by the Clean Water Act to conduct a comprehensive analysis of water quality data associated with Nevada's surface waters to determine whether state water quality standards are being met and designated uses are being supported. This integrated report provides snapshot conditions of all waters in the state of Nevada, impaired or otherwise.
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2014-04-07

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is required by the Clean Water Act to
conduct a comprehensive analysis of water quality data associated with Nevada's surface
waters to determine whether state water quality standards are being met and designated
uses are being supported. Nevada’s Integrated Report is prepared in accordance with the
requirements of Sections 303(d)/305(b)/314 of the Clean Water Act and is intended for use
by the public, other entities and NDEP for water quality management planning purposes.
The Nevada 2012 Integrated Report evaluates data collected over a 5 year period, between
October 1, 2006 and September 30, 2011.

The Nevada 2012 Integrated Report has been submitted to the United States Environmental
Protection Agency for approval, as of April 7, 2014.

The Nevada 2012 Integrated Report is available at:
http://ndep.nv.gov/bwqp/303dlist2012.htm

If you have any questions, please contact:

John Heggeness

Placer County and Town of Truckee 2013 Joint Annual Monitoring Report for the Truckee River Water Quality Monitoring Program

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Final Annual Monitoring Report for Water Year 2013. Includes continuous turbidity and sediment load estimates for the Truckee River and Martis Creek. The associated MS Project database is also posted.
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2014-01-13 - 2015-01-15

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Non Point Source Assessment

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This draft NPS Assessment Report provides a view of current conditions and considers those best management practices (BMPs) which might prove applicable to the pollution concerns on the reservation. Feedback will be sought until publication of the report is made, expected sometime in late 2013.
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2013-11-01

Located in a rural area that is approximately 35 miles northeast of the city of Reno, Nevada, the reservation of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe contains 477,000 acres and one of the world’s most beautiful desert terminus lakes. Non-point source pollution (water degradation by a mobile, random, or large-scale source) is a concern for the Tribe, and subsequent to a large planning effort in 1994, current pollution issues have been studied and categorized in new ways. While many kinds of waters exist on the reservation, current needs have been identified for Pyramid Lake, the Truckee River, and for perennial streams in the tribal reservation mountains. Even after years of research, more water quality questions remain to be investigated. The draft NPS Assessment Report provides a view of current conditions and considers those best management pracictes (BMPs) which might prove applicable to the pollution concerns on the reservation.

Assessment of the Effects of Storm Water Runoff and Background Watershed Conditions on 303(d) listed waters within the Truckee Meadows MS4 Permit Area

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This is a Technical Memo produced in February 2013 by Jeff Curtis, Ph.D. at Stantec's Reno office. Associated with the Truckee Meadows storm water permit coordinating committee. This report addresses fundamental questions in background vs. storm water influences on water quality in regional tributaries, as a method of focusing monitoring efforts in the most proper direction possible. This report was funded by the SWPCC and the Western Regional Water Commission.
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2013-09-20

Water Quality Survey of The Truckee River (Historical, 1973)

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This survey and report is a collection of biological, physical and chemical data along the entire length of the Truckee River. It was used as a baseline study to formulate future basin plans.
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2013-07-23

Placer County Final Annual Report for the Implementation of the Truckee River Water Quality Monitoring Plan, Water Year 2010

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This report presents the first year results for the Placer County, CA (County) portion of the Truckee River Water Quality Monitoring Plan (TRWQMP).
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2012-03-30

The County began the implementation of its portion of the Phase 1 components during the 2010 water year (October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010). Phase 1 activities were limited by available funding to a set of select monitoring activities in the Bear, Squaw and Martis Creek watersheds. The activities performed during the first year included:

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