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Testing begins for drugs in river

Posted: 3/11/2008

The major water supplier for Reno and Sparks is checking its water for the presence of pharmaceuticals, officials said Tuesday.

The Truckee Meadows Water Authority doesn’t expect to find such drugs in any significant quantity, said Paul Miller, manager of operations and water quality for TMWA. But no test has ever been done before, so a sample was taken Monday and shipped out for examination, Miller said. Results should take several weeks for the test that costs about $2,200.

“Don’t scare the customers,” Miller said. “We shouldn’t expect any contamination of the Truckee River water.” Sparked by reports of an Associated Press investigation into pharmaceuticals in municipal water supplies, water officials decided two weeks ago to look for someone to measure trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in the water.

The Associated Press reported Monday that an array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.

State asks locals to watch the watershed

Plan will monitor sediment flowing into the Truckee River
By Julie Brown/Sierra Sun
March 6, 2008, 11:49 AM

Placer County and the Town of Truckee are partnering to develop a comprehensive strategy to monitor the water quality of the Truckee River watershed and combat sediment that is clouding the river.

But first, they are looking to the local community to see what monitoring efforts are already underway.

“Our job is to look at the big picture,” said Bill Schell, contract manager with the Placer County stormwater quality division. “And coordinate [the data] so it all makes sense, and it’s consistent and timely. [A comprehensive monitoring plan] gives us a better pulse of what’s happening on the river, itself.”

Because of the levels of sediment in the river — in addition to the importance of the Truckee River for drinking water, agriculture, restoring groundwater supplies and recreation — the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the Truckee as an “impaired” river.

The monitoring plan, which was issued to Placer County and the Town of Truckee as a technical directive by the State of California’s Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, will ultimately pinpoint where sediment is entering the Truckee River watershed.

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Truckee Meadows Storm Water Sampling Program

Please reference documents listed here (posted in Project section) - for each time series of data collection:
2004 Sampling & Analysis Plan (SAP) describes the program from 2004 through 2009.
2010 SAP describes program data from January 2011-December 2012.
2012 SAP is posted, which describes the program and data collected from January 2013-December 2013,
2013 Addenda to the 2012 SAP, which describes changes to the 2012 SAP, effective January 2014.
Find the Sampling & Analysis Plans at this link: http://www.truckeeriverinfo.org/project/truckee-meadows-regional-storm-water-management-program

Rainwater as a Resource, report (TreePeople)

A Report on Three Sites Demonstrating Sustainable Stormwater Management

Are our cities beyond repair?
TreePeople doesn’t think so.

As part of its Natural Urban Systems Group, TreePeople has been involved in the implementation of several retrofits designed to restore the natural functions of urban sites. From single-family homes to large public sites such as schools and parks, we’ve helped show that integrating nature’s cycles into the urban landscape is not only technically and financially feasible but also highly desirable for individuals and cities alike.

By incorporating stormwater best management practices (BMPs) such as swales, retention grading, cisterns, infiltrators and strategically-planted trees in building and landscaping designs, a multitude of benefits can be realized, including: improved water quality; a decreased risk of flooding; a reduced need for water importation; heat-island effect mitigation; a reduction in contributions to global climate change; and an augmented supply of local groundwater. These are just some of the benefits that are possible when urban sites are allowed to work in concert with nature’s cycles of flood, drought and waste – and together, they create a sharp improvement in the quality of life in the neighborhoods in which we live, learn, work and play.

The newly published report Rainwater as a Resource shares the details of utilizing these concepts and sheds light on the many opportunities to implement the wide array of available technologies. We encourage you to peruse this report to learn more about using these principles as a means of moving cities closer to sustainability.

The report is attached here in pdf format. Appendices you might find interesting include some project as-built drawings, and O&M and inspection costs at this website:

Making moves on the Sierra checkerboard

Conservation groups and the Forest Service have been left with a land-ownership legacy left by the railroad
By Greyson Howard
Source: Sierra Sun
February 1, 2008

Draped like a net across the northern Sierra Nevada, a distinct pattern, imperceptible to the casual viewer, could play a vital role in the future of the Truckee-Tahoe area. Called the Sierra checkerboard, the pattern of land ownership divides every-other square mile into public and private ownership, hence the name.

Created more than a century ago to help the Transcontinental Railroad develop a route over the mountains, it now leaves the U.S. Forest Service and other government entities in a difficult place for land management and fire fighting.

“This is a really looming and daunting environmental threat,” said Perry Norris, executive director of the Truckee Donner Land Trust.

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Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

Visit website for events and web resources.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful was founded in 1989 under the name of "Western Nevada Clean Communities." It was started by members of the Biggest Little City Committee that decided a clean community was one of the Committee's major priorities. This group began the Adopt-A-Park program to involve citizens in a hands on volunteer activity that would spruce up parks and the Truckee River. Based on the success of the Adopt-A-Park program, and realizing the entire community would stand to benefit from year-round focus on the issue of cleanliness, the members set about to develop a new, separate organization affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Inc.

Western Nevada Clean Communities, Inc. (WNCC) was certified by Keep America Beautiful in November of 1990. Adopt-A-Park remained (and remains) a key program, and was joined by the Phone Book Recycling Roundup in 1991, the kick-off of the Nevada Keep it Clean Campaign in 1992, Christmas Tree Recycling in 1993, and Adopt-A-Spot in 1994. In 1997, WNCC partnered with the City of Reno to develop the 'Graffiti Hotline'. It wasn't until January 12, 1999 that WNCC officially became the organization we know and love today: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) is dedicated to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement. KTMB's current programs include: Adopt-A-Spot, Adopt-A-Park, Christmas Tree Recycling, Phone Book Recycling, neighborhood and open space cleanups, educational paper making workshops and the "Trash Lady™", now known as "Waste Warriors." For more information on how you can get involved e-mail maia@beautiful.reno.nv.us or call 851-5185.

CWES: Center for Watersheds and Environmental Sustainability

The Center for Watersheds and Environmental Sustainability (CWES) was created in 1999 as part of DRI's approach to interdisciplinary research. As aquatic environments and watersheds become increasingly stressed from impacts including global climate change, their management for long-term sustainability will be fundamental to overall ecosystem health.

The mission of CWES is to facilitate development of interdisciplinary research teams that address a variety of science issues important to policy decisions at the watershed scale. Information gained from these research programs will be disseminated to land managers and policy and regulatory decision makers to provide scientific guidance for appropriate policy development.

Rainwater harvesting guide

Welcome to the Rainwater Harvesting Guide, where water is gold.

The best way to learn about rainwater harvesting is to read books on the subject, here are my current reviews.

This website explains the rationale behind collecting rainwater, contains lists of equipment producers supporting rainwater collection, gives books/contacts, upcoming events, research, technical discussions, and posts as references.

Pluvial Lake Lahontan

During the Pleistocene era, a large lake persisted in what is now the Great Basin. During this epoch, climactic conditions existed such that, there were periods of higher precipitation and considerably less evaporation than modern day. This created a large inland body of water (Lake Lahontan) in the western portion of the Great Basin. Lakes formed in this way are known as Pluvial lakes. Lake Lahontan connected many of the interior valleys within Nevada with water. This lake eventually dried up as the result of climate change, and now the remnants are today expressed as Pyramid and Walker Lakes.

Baseline Ecological Monitoring: McCarran Ranch Restoration Project, Lower Truckee River, Nevada (2003-4)

DRI Research Topics at the McCarran Ranch Restoration Project include:

Benthic Algae, Benthic Macroinvertebrates, Fish, Geomorphic Habitat
Temperature, Water Levels and GW-SW Exchange, Water Chemistry and Quality

For site map and sampling sites, please visit the website listed.

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