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USGS Nevada Water Science Center

The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) mission is to provide reliable scientific information about the Nation’s natural resources. An integral part of that mission is to provide consistent, long-term water-resources data to customers, cooperators, and the public. To accomplish our mission, we operate a widespread surface- and ground-water data collection network as well as research a wide range of scientific issues throughout Nevada.

Sustainable Infrastructure for Water & Wastewater

Energy and Water: EPA site for information regarding:

Reducing climate impacts, saving money, and saving water – these are the goals of projects and programs that exploit the nexus between energy use and water use. Identifying approaches to integrate energy efficient practices into the daily management and long-term planning of the water sector also contribute to the long-term sustainability of water infrastructure by reducing operation costs and adding to a utility’s bottom line. This page provides information on a number of activities EPA is supporting to improve energy efficiency at water utilities across the country.

On this webpage, find:
Basic Information
How much energy do drinking water and wastewater utilities use?
Does energy efficiency save money?
Does water efficiency save energy?
Benchmarking Energy Use at Utilities
Managing to Maximize Energy Efficiency
On-site Energy Generation
Auxiliary and Supplemental Power
Paying for Energy Efficiency
State Efforts to Promote Energy Efficiency

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.

Nevada EcoNet

Nevada EcoNet, a Reno-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was organized in 1990 under the name "Environmental Leadership" to serve as a primary source of environmental information and education. It the goal of EcoNet to keep people informed, and to encourage informed action, on the important environmental issues impacting our region and quality of life. Our intention is to draw upon local resources and through knowledge, information, and action create a useful resource for the community at large.

For access to the local 'green guide', environmental calender, and other documents, please visit the website.

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.

Truckee Meadows Regional Stormwater Quality Management Program

Truckee Meadows Regional Stormwater Quality Management Program

This site contains copies of the draft guidance documents for the Truckee Meadows region (including: Draft Regional Low Impact Development manual, Construction site BMPs, and the Structural Controls Design Manual - all in pdf format).


-as well as regulatory permitting information, descriptions of BMPs for all industries, and more watershed information available in the watershed mapserver and watershed assessments.

Please visit the website to view contents.

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.

Truckee River Discharge data - realtime

Real-time Truckee River flows for Truckee River, from Tahoe City downstream. Please visit website and scroll down to find Truckee River data.

NWS Truckee River real-time river hydrograph, and recorded flow data, at Reno

Real-time flood stage data on Truckee River at Reno, including flooding descriptions for all stage measurements at Reno on the Truckee in NV - as well as a source of historical flow data.

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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