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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

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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:

Town of Truckee Annual Report for the Implementation of the Truckee River Water Quality Monitoring Plan, Water Year 2010

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Final annaul monitoring report documenting results of the Town of Truckee's first year of implementation of the Truckee River Water Quality Monitoring Plan.
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2012-03-26

As a Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), the Town of Truckee

(Town) must comply with the State’s general National Pollutant Discharge

Elimination System (NPDES) permit for stormwater discharges. In accordance with

these regulations, the Town has developed a Storm Water Management Program

(SWMP) which was required by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board

Placer County and Town of Truckee: Final Joint Annual Monitoring Report for the Implementation of the Truckee River Monitoring Plan, Water Year 2011

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The joint annual monitoring report was prepared for the Town of Truckee and Placer County and presents the results of monitoring activities conducted in the Middle Truckee River watershed during the 2011 water year.
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2012-03-15

 

This Joint Annual Monitoring Report describes the monitoring activities performed by Placer County and the Town of Truckee during WY 2011 and presents their results. Data collection activities during this second year of the TRWQMP’s implementation included:

  • Community level (stormwater runoff) discrete water quality sampling within the Truckee Town Corridor and the Martis Creek sub-watersheds,
  • Tributary level discrete water quality sampling within the Martis Creek watershed, and
  • Continuous discharge monitoring on Martis Creek.

No rapid assessments or bioassessments were performed during WY 2011.

Water Quality Modeling on Truckee River system: WARMF and TRHSPF

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Summary of water quality modeling utilizing historical water quality data to predict conditions in various scenarios, supporting water quality standards review and total maximum daily load process.
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2011-12-08

Water Quality Modeling

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