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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

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.

City of Reno Master Plan: Conservation Plan

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

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

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

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)

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:

If you have any questions, please contact:

John Heggeness

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Non Point Source Assessment

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.

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

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