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Cooperative Truckee River Monitoring Program

The Desert Research Institute (DRI), Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF), and Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) joined forces in 2011, and with help from the Truckee River Fund, cooperatively shaped a monitoring program on the Truckee River. This project is designed to maintain robust historic datasets, cooperatively use resources, and better study the Truckee River as a joint effort.
Data collected for TMWRF sites is listed on the TMWRF data pages for the three data types, see links below.
Data collected for NDEP sites is listed on the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection's Stored data system, see links below.
Further Data collected along the mainstem Truckee River to assist with the effects of storm water on the river's water quality will be posted to this page as quickly as possible. For Questions, please call Alan McKay at DRI.

Truckee River Water Quality Monitoring Program - Middle Truckee River, California

Watershed Protection Plan and Tributary Assessments for Tributaries to the Truckee River

2015 Tributary Assessment, by CDM Smith. Just updated!
Historical Documents:
2002: Watershed Assessment for Tributaries to the Truckee River. This document was prepared by Mike Widmer, WCDWR and Sue Donaldson, UNCE and Jeff Jesch, WSCD. Funded by the Regional Water Planning Commission. (july 2002)
2003: Appendix to the Watershed Assessment for Tribs to the Truckee River. Funded by the Regional Water Planning Commission. (july 2002)
2003: Watershed Management and Protection Plan for Tributaries to the Truckee River. This was created by DWR, UNCE, WSCD. Funded by the Regional Water Planning Commission. (may 2003)

Truckee River Coordinated Monitoring Programs

The objectives of this Truckee River Coordinated Monitoring Program effort are to:

Truckee Meadows Regional Storm Water Management Program

The City of Reno, Washoe County, and City of Sparks share a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) discharge permit for the Truckee Meadows region. These three entities also have an Interlocal Agreement for watershed protection throughout the region. City of Reno acts as coordinator and administrator for the Truckee Meadows Regional Storm Water Permit Coordinating Committee, which has been dubbed the "Truckee Meadows Watershed Committee" (TMWC). On the Data Collection Sites map, data points are called out as the responsibility of the Truckee Meadows Watershed Committee.

The TMWC meets monthly, and monitors surface water quality in streams throughout the region quarterly per the Sample Analysis Plan. Storm events are monitored annually, to better understand water quality effects of urbanization and monitor first flush of pollutants leaving the land surfaces. See SAPs attached below.

Truckee River Watershed Council Volunteer Monitoring Program

Washoe County Department of Water Resources Monitoring Program

Washoe County monitors water quality in South Reno at multiple points along White's Creek and its associated branches, one location on Galena Creek and one on Steamboat Ditch. Several water quality parameters are measured in the field including dissolved oxygen, temperature, conductivity, and pH. Factors such as turbidity, TOC and total coliforms & E.coli bacteria are also monitored.

TMWRF River Monitoring Program

Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency Monitoring Project

The Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency, or TTSA, is committed to a policy of energy and natural resource conservation. Our goal is to discharge the treated wastewater in the Truckee River Corridor in such a manner as to retain the integrity of ground and surface waters, while ensuring the quantity of water downstream is not diminished.

The following datasets are site specific data providing biological and chemical concentrations along the Truckee River.

Chalk Creek Monitoring Program

The City of Reno and the City of Sparks cooperatively monitored water quality on Chalk Creek for two years. An instream sonde probe meter collected WQ parameters including flow every 15 minutes starting from 3/21/07 while weekly grab samples were collected and analyzed for constituents at the TMWRF lab.

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