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Biological Monitoring

The MOU Group conducts biological monitoring in and adjacent to the Truckee River, ranging from bird counts, stream bank and riparian and wetland restoration success monitoring, vegetation surveys, fish counts, periphyton (attached plant and algae) surveys, riverine habitat assessments, and benthic macroinvertebrate counts and indices. The locations and types of on-going studies are summarized in the Protocol Survey Summary (Table 4-1). Agencies actively conducting on-going biological monitoring include:

  • Nevada Department of Wildlife - Fish count surveys

  • Placer County – Benthic macroinvertebrate counts

  • Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe - Benthic macroinvertebrate counts and riverine habitat assessments

  • The Nature Conservancy – Bird Count Surveys

  • Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility - Benthic macroinvertebrate counts

  • Town of Truckee - Benthic macroinvertebrate rapid assessment monitoring and grab samples

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Fish count surveys.

In addition, The Desert Research Institute and The Nature Conservancy conduct project-specific biological studies in and near the Truckee River.