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Field Trip: Scientific Research and Operations at Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
Monday, 24 June 2019
08:00 - 17:00
Chair: Andrus Hernandez
- Learn about the latest scientific research conducted by the University of California Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. Learn about the famous clarity of Lake Tahoe and the annual State of the Lake Report, which is an annual summary of scientific research on a broad array of topics by multiple agencies to assess the lake’s health.
- Learn about the regulation and operations of Lake Tahoe Dam from Federal Water Master to meet water rights demands. Water rights to Truckee River water from Lake Tahoe satisfy many downstream water demands, including municipal and industrial demands for the Cities of Reno and Sparks, agricultural demands, and wildlife/endangered species water demands.
- Learn about the state-of-the-art streamflow gaging station just downstream from Lake Tahoe Dam from the USGS. This gaging station accurately quantifies the flow and volume of water released from Lake Tahoe.
- Learn about two USGS research sites that serve to monitor the water quality of tributaries and to characterize fluxes of nutrients and other water-quality constituents near the Lake Tahoe shoreline.
Tentative Itinerary for full-day trip (8-hours)
- Depart Peppermill Hotel in Reno
- Stop at UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Incline Village, NV
- See interactive exhibits on Lake Tahoe’s pristine water quality, ecology, and clarity. Hear how the science performed at the lake uses collected data to identify and evaluate processes that may influence water-quality changes and trends.
- Stop at the Incline and Third Creek water monitoring sites, Incline Village, NV
- Hear presentations and see how the water-quality of Lake Tahoe inflows are sampled. See how the USGS collects and disseminates turbidity information on a near-real time basis. Hear how scientists are studying how fluxes of nutrients affect the growth of algae on the shore of Lake Tahoe.
- Stop at Lake Tahoe Dam and Truckee River gaging station just downstream of the dam.
- Hear how the waters of Lake Tahoe are regulated and released to the Truckee River to meet the demands of many downstream water users. Hear how water rights determine how much water can be delivered to the many users.
- Discussion on the role atmospheric rivers play in Sierra Nevada snow hydrology, water supply, and flood hazards.
- See the state-of-the art gaging station that accurately measures flow information at the most upstream site on the Truckee River.
- Return to Peppermill Hotel
Mode of Transport: Motor coach will transport attendees from the conference hotel to the field stops. Mild walking along paved and unpaved ground will be required.
Presenters: Scientists and resource managers from University of California Davis, U.S. District Court Federal Water Master, and U.S. Geological Survey will present the tour.
Field Trip Leader: To be determined.