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Water Quality Conditions in Steamboat Creek, Washoe County, NV, with particular emphasis on NPS Loading of N, P, and selected Metals

Summary: 
While there is a currently established and comprehensive water quality monitoring program on the lower portion of the Truckee River downstream of Reno, and nutrient load entering the river from the Reno-Sparks Wastewater Treatment Facility (RSWTF) is well documented, very little is known about the magnitude and importance of nonpoint source (NPS) nutrients from the urban-agricultural watershed south of Reno. Indeed, in many systems, nonpoint source pollution to receiving bodies exceeds point source discharge. In response to this, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, in cooperation with the Washoe County Department of Comprehensive Planning has been conducting an extensive water quality monitoring program on Steamboat Creek and its major tributaries in order to (1) determine the relative magnitude of this creek with regard to nitrogen and phosphorus loading to the Truckee River and (2) determine its contribution of metals and its effect on downstream water quality. In this report we examine the data base which was collected between 1987 and 1991 when samples were taken bi-monthly from fifteen (15) locations. The purpose of this data evaluation is to: summarize physical, chemical and biological darn taken during the 1987-1991 monitoring of Steamboat Creek and its major tributaries; describe changes in constituent concentration as water flows downstream towards the Truckee River calculate changes in nitrogen and phosphorus load by reach of stream; describe changes in metals concentrations in the study system and identify sources; use correlational relationships to assist in the interpretation of water quality data; estimate nitrogen and phosphorus loading to the Truckee River via Steamboat Creek and compare this to other regional point and nonpoint sources; provide a preliminary evaluation of recommended N-removal techniques and; recommend future studies.
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Creative Commons - Commercial Use OK
Status: 
Completed
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Date Range: 
2016-06-22

While there is a currently established and comprehensive water quality monitoring program on the lower portion of the Truckee River downstream of Reno, and nutrient load entering the river from the Reno-Sparks Wastewater Treatment Facility (RSWTF) is well documented, very little is known about the magnitude and importance of nonpoint source (NPS) nutrients from the urban-agricultural watershed south of Reno. Indeed, in many systems, nonpoint source pollution to receiving bodies exceeds point source discharge. In response to this, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, in cooperation with the Washoe County Department of Comprehensive Planning has been conducting an extensive water quality monitoring program on Steamboat Creek and its major tributaries in order to (1) determine the relative magnitude of this creek with regard to nitrogen and phosphorus loading to the Truckee River and (2) determine its contribution of metals and its effect on downstream water quality.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Nonpoint Source Assessment and Management Plan 2011 (public review draft)

Summary: 
This assessment and management plan provides an updated assessment of nonpoint source pollution concerns for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. The 2011 update builds upon the research and results compiled for the 1994 Plan. In addition, the revision will reevaluate the concerns and provide an updated ranking of priority NPS issues. For each of these NPS concerns, possible treatment options are suggested. The updated plan will serve as a tool in the Tribe’s efforts to protect water quality and associated designated beneficial uses on reservation waters. **** This edition is a public review draft. Please submit comments via the contact information or our website.
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Creative Commons - Non-Commercial
Status: 
Ongoing
Date Range: 
2011-11-23 - 2011-12-23

This assessment and management plan provides an updated assessment of nonpoint source pollution concerns for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.  The 2011 update builds upon the research and results compiled for the 1994 Plan. In addition, the revision will reevaluate the concerns and provide an updated ranking of priority NPS issues. For each of these NPS concerns, possible treatment options are suggested.  The updated plan will serve as a tool in the Tribe’s efforts to protect water quality and associated designated beneficial uses on reservation waters.

This edition is a public review draft.  Please submit comments via the contibutor contact information, or our website.  Comment period is open from 11/23/2011 to 12/23/2011.

TMWRF River monitoring grab samples

Summary: 
TMWRF has collected grab samples from locations on the mainstem Truckee River above and below the treatment plant, and on Steamboat Creek and North Truckee Drain (two significantly loading tributaries), testing for a host of analytes, since 1985. The metadata attachment sheet holds descriptions of the methods used and PQL's for each method.
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Rights: 
Creative Commons - Commercial Use OK
Status: 
Ongoing
Date Range: 
1985-04-22 - 2014-12-31

Grab samples are currently taken at various locations on the Truckee River mainstem and tributaries including North Truckee Drain and Steamboat Creek.  River sample locations are: East McCarran Bridge, Lockwood, Tracy/Old Clark Bridge, Derby Dam and Painted Rock.  As of May 2012  parameters have been reduced and Wadsworth and Nixson sites are no longer being monitored by TMWRF.

Specific Locations include the following:
#3 at East McCarren bridge, grabs taken on the downstream side of bridge. 39 deg/ 31'02" x 119 deg 44'23"
#4 Below Lockwood at the old bridge for grab samples, taken downstream of bridge. 39 deg/ 30'33" x 119 deg 38'58"
#5 Old Clark bridge at USA Parkway, grabs taken on the downstream side of bridge. 39 deg. 33'80" x 119 deg 29'29"
 

Date Range: 1985 - 03/2014.

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