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Parameters Monitored

The parameters monitored at a location are usually specific to a certain permit’s requirements or research investigation. Certain parameters can be considered basic indicators of water quality conditions (temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity and pH) and others such as nutrients or inorganic chemical, are indicative of urban activities within the watershed. TMWRF has an interest in the quality of the river water above and below Steamboat Creek, as well as the condition of lower Steamboat Creek above and below its discharge point. The Truckee Meadows Watershed Committee (City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County) monitors basic water quality, nutrients, and TDS above and below urbanized areas to assess impacts of urbanization on the river and its tributaries. NDEP is responsible for regulating water quality in Nevada (except waters within Tribal boundaries), and uses monitoring data to assess compliance with water quality standards. NDOW and USFWS have an interest in tracking the number of fish in the river, their locations, and the health of the fish. River volume or flow is an important measurement parameter as it serves the basis for the numerous diversions of water along the river, possible flood conditions, as well as impacts due to low-flow conditions.

Constituents measured on the Truckee River and tributaries by the MOU Group are shown in Table 4-3. These parameters are separated into seven categories or types of constituent. Parameters analyzed vary by location; Appendix D contains all the parameters measured at each site by each organization.