Water Quality, Clarity and Quantity

Water Quality, Clarity and Quantity

“Snapshot Day is an annual one-day event sponsored by the Tahoe-Truckee Clean Water Team and the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition. It is designed to get community volunteers involved in monitoring the water moving through the Lake Tahoe and Truckee River watersheds. Water samples are taken at the same time at various sites throughout the watershed in order to develop a picture of water quality and watershed health at a single point in time.” — Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition

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Related Publications about the Tahoe Basin by University of Nevada, Reno Faculty and Staff

  • Cobourn, J. (2012) Small scale best management practices (BMPs) to protect lake water quality.  International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics, Wessex Institute of Technology, U.K.,Volume 7, Number 2, 2012, ISSN1755-7437 (print). Pp. 173-186.
  • Bisiaux, M.M., Edwards, R., Heyvaert, A.C., Thomas, J.M., Fitzgerald, B., Susfalk, R.B., Schladow, S.G., Thaw, M.(2011). Stormwater and Fire as Sources of Black Carbon nanoparticles to Lake Tahoe, Environmental Science and Technology. (Web): February 24, 2011.
  • Cobourn, J. (2011). How to Install Residential Scale Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the Lake Tahoe Basin, CM-11-02. Online Publication
  • Cobourn, J. (2011). Como Instalar las Mejores Practicas de Manejo (BMP) a Escala Residencial en la Cuenca del Lago Tahoe, 120 pp. In Spanish, CM-11-03. Online Publication
  • Cobourn, J. (2010). North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden Teaches About Best Management Practices and Fire Defensible Space. The Journal of Extension, Volume 48, Number 2, April 2010, 7pp.
  • Shanafield, M., Susfalk, R., and Taylor, K. (2010). Spatial and temporal patterns of near-shore clarity in Lake Tahoe from fine resolution turbidity measurements. Lake and Reservoir Management 26(3):178-184, doi: 10.1080/ 07438141.2010.504064.  Lopus, S.E., Bachand, P.A.M., Heyvaert, A.C., Werner, I., Teh, S.J., Reuter, J.E., 2009. Potential toxicity concerns from chemical coagulation treatment of stormwater in the Tahoe basin, California, USA. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 72:1933-1941.
  • Bachand, P.A.M., Bachand, S.M., Lopus, S., Heyvaert, A., Werner, I. (2009). Treatment with Chemical Coagulants at Different Dosing Levels Changes Ecotoxicity of Stormwater from the Tahoe Basin, California, USA. Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part A 45(2):137-154, doi: 10.1080/10934520903425459.
  • Osleger, D.A., Heyvaert, A.C., Stoner, J.S., Verosub, K.L. (2009). Lacustrine turbidites as indicators of Holocene storminess and climate: Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada. Journal of Paleolimnology 42(1):103-122, doi: 10.1007/s10933-008-9265-8.
  • Heyvaert, A., Thomas, J., Reuter, J. (2009). Development of a Long-Term Integrated Tahoe Regional Stormwater Monitoring Network
  • Coats, R., Larsen, M., Heyvaert, A., Thomas, J., Luck, M., Reuter, J. (2008). Nutrient and sediment production, watershed characteristics and land use in the Tahoe Basin, California-Nevada. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 44:754-770
  • Cobourn, J., Carlos, W., Christopherson, J., Donaldson, S., Johnson, W., Post, R., Skelly, J. A., and Smith, E.(2006). Home Landscaping Guide for Lake Tahoe and Vicinity, EB 06-01 (revised and expanded 3rd edition, 160 pages) Online Publication
  • Cobourn, J. (2008). Combine Defensible Space and Best Management Practices (BMPs): Protect Your Home and Lake Tahoe. UNCE FS-08-26. Replaces FS-07-10. Online Publication
  • Patterson, S., Heyvaert, A., Strasenburgh, C. (2007). Pilot Water Quality Treatment System for the Lake Tahoe Basin: Phosphorus and Fine Particle Removal by Cultured Periphyton.
  • Coats, R., Gunter, M., Heyvaert, A.C., Thomas, J.M., Luck, M., Reuter, J. (2006). Water quality, watershed characteristics and land use in the Tahoe Basin.
  • Cobourn, J. (2006). How Riparian Ecosystems are Protected at Lake Tahoe. The Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA), 42 (1):pp. 35-43.
  • Chandra, S., M.J. Vander Zanden, A.C. Heyvaert, B.C. Richards, B.C. Allen, C.R. Goldman. (2005). The Effects Of Cultural Eutrophication On The Coupling Between Pelagic Prmary Producers And Benthic Consumers.Limnology and Oceanography 50(5):1368-1376.
  • Kent, G.M., J.M. Babcock, N.W. Driscoll, A.J. Harding, J.A. Dingler, G.G. Seitz, J.V. Gardner, L.A. Mayer, C.R. Goldman, A.C. Heyvaert, R.C. Richards, R. Karlin, C.W. Morgan, P.T. Gayes, and L.A. Owen. (2005). 60 k.y. record of extension across the western boundary of the Basin and Range province: Estimate of slip rates from offset shoreline terraces and a catastrophic slide beneath Lake Tahoe. Geology 33:365-368.
  • Kleppe, J. A. (2005). A Study Of Ancient Trees Rooted 36.5 M (120’) Below The Surface Level Of Fallen Leaf Lake, California. Journal of the Nevada Water Resources Association 2(1): 29-40. Online Article
  • Miller, W.W., D.W. Johnson, C. Denton, P.S.J. Verburg, G.L. Dana, R.F. Walker. (2005). Inconspicuous Nutrient Laden Surface Runoff From Mature Forest Sierran Watersheds. Journal of Water, Air, and Soil Pollution163:3-17.
  • Ferguson, J. W., R. G. Qualls, J. Reuter. (2004). Availability Of Phosphorus For Algal Growth In Sediment Inputs To Lake Tahoe. Abstracts of 2nd Biennial Conference on Tahoe Environmental Concerns. May 2004, Lake Tahoe, CA.
  • Gunter, M., Thomas, J.M., Mihevc, T.M., Heyvaert, A.C. (2004). Nutrient and suspended solid concentrations for stormwater runoff in the Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Qualls, R. G., J. W. Ferguson, J. Reuter. (2004). Bioavailability Of Sediment And Dissolved Phosphorus For Algal Growth In Sediments, Erodable Streambank Sediments, And Tributary Water At Lake Tahoe. Abstracts of Lake Tahoe TMDL Symposium. Dec. 2004, Stateline, NV.
  • Cobourn, J., Segale, H. (2003). What Is The Prognosis For Lake Tahoe’s Water Quality? Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet FS-03-67. Online publication
  • Rood, S. B., C. R. Gourley, E. M. Ammon, L. G. Heki, J. R. Klotz, M. L. Morrison, D. Mosley, G. G. Scoppettone, S. Swanson, P. L. Wagner. (2003). Flows For Floodplain Forests: A Successful Riparian Restoration. Bioscience53(7):647-656. AbstractProject WebsiteOnline Article (UNR access only)
  • Cobourn, J. (2001). Tahoe’s Amazing Plan: The Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP). LTEEC Newsletter1(2):1,6.
  • Ichinose, G. A., J. G. Anderson, K. Satake, R. A. Schweickert, M.L. Lahren. (2000). The Potential Hazard From Tsunami And Seiche Waves Generated By Large Earthquakes Within Lake Tahoe, California-Nevada.Geophysical Research Letters 27(8):1203-1206. Online Article
  • Mensing, S. A. (2000). Holocene Vegetation And Climate Change In The Tahoe And Pyramid Lake Watershed, California/Nevada. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America 32(7):403.
  • Miller, W. W.; D. W. Johnson. (2000). Lake Tahoe In The 21st Century; Where Have We Been? Where Are We Now? What Next? Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America 32(7):243.
  • Reuter, J.E., W.W. Miller. (2000). Aquatic Resources, Water Quality And Limnology Of Lake Tahoe And Its Upland Watershed. The Lake Tahoe Watershed Assessment; Vol I & II; ed. by D.D. Murphy and C.M. Knopp; General Technical Report PSW-GTR-175/176; Ch. 4: 215-402.
  • Schweickert, R. A., M. M. Lahren, R. Karlin, J. Howle, K. Smith. (2000). Lake Tahoe Active Faults, Landslides, And Tsunamis. GSA Field Guide 2:1-21.
  • Butt, A. Z., K. Comanor, K. Krauter, D. S. Olsen, J. P. Potyondy. (1999). Impacts Of Land Use On Sediment Concentrations Of Selected Streams, Lake Tahoe Basin; Analysis Of GIS Data. American Water Resources Association Technical Publication Series TPS, vol.99-3. Bethesda, AWRA – American Water Resources Association:509-515.
  • Datta, S.; K. Ohyama, D.Y. Dunlap, F. Matsumura. (1999). Evidence For Organochlorine Contamination In Tissues Of Salmonids In Lake Tahoe. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 42(1):94-101. AbstractOnline Article(UNR access only)
  • Miller, W.W., D.W. Johnson, C. Denton, P.S.J. Verburg, G.L. Dana, R.F. Walker. (1999). Water Quality Expert Commentary. Tahoe Forest Software: An Interactive Program Estimating the Impact of Different Treatments on Air Quality, Water Quality, Fire Hazard, and Forest Health in the Lake Tahoe Basin Alan Taylor. Web Publication
  • Butt, A. Z., M. B. Ayers, S. Swanson, P. T. Tueller. (1998). Relationship of Stream Channel Morphology and Remotely Sensed Riparian Vegetation Classification. American Water Resources Association Technical Publication Series TPS, Report: TPS-98-1. D. F. Potts. Bethesda, American Water Resources Association:409-416.
  • Marcus, J. A., W. W. Miller, R. R. Blank. (1998). Inorganic And Suspended/Dissolved-Organic Nitrogen In Sierra Nevada Soil Core Leachates. Journal of Environmental Quality 27(4):755-760.
  • Marcus, J.A., W.W. Miller, R.R. Blank. (1998). Soil Processes And Chemical Transport: Inorganic And Suspended/Dissolved-Organic Nitrogen In Sierra Nevada Soil Core Leachates. Journal of Environmental Quality 27(4):755-760.
  • Miller, W. W., R. R. Blank, J. A. Marcus. (1998). Inorganic N And P In Leachate From Post-Snowmelt Sierran Riparian And Upland Soil Cores. Amean Water Resources Association Technical Publication Series TPS, Report: TPS-98-1. D. F. Potts. Bethesda, American Water Resources Association:447-455.
  • Huntsinger, L. (1997). Managing Nature: Stories Of Dynamic Equilibrium. Report — University of California Water Resources Center 92:3-8.
  • Rhea, S. A., W. W. Miller, R. R. Blank, D. E. Palmquist. (1996). Presence And Behavior Of Colloidal Nitrogen And Phosphorus In A Sierra Nevada Watershed Soil. Journal Of Environmental Quality 25(6):1449-1451.
  • Sullivan, M., J. J. Warwick, S. W. Tyler. (1996). Quantifying And Delineating Spatial Variations Of Surface Infiltration In A Small Watershed. Journal Of Hydrology 181(1-4):149-168. AbstractOnline Article (UNR access only)
  • Doyle, G. A., W. B. Lyons, G. C. Miller, S. G. Donaldson. (1995). Oxyanion Concentrations In Eastern Sierra Nevada Rivers; 1, Selenium. Applied Geochemistry 10(5):553-564. AbstractOnline Article (UNR access only)
  • Naslas, G. D., W. W. Miller, G. F. Gifford, G. C. J. Fernandez. (1994). Effects Of Soil Type, Plot Condition, And Slope On Runoff And Interrill Erosion Of 2 Soils In The Lake Tahoe Basin. Water Resources Bulletin30(2):319-328.
  • Naslas, G. D., W. W. Miller, R. R. Blank, G. F. Gifford. (1994). Sediment, Nitrate, And Ammonium In Surface Runoff From 2 Tahoe Basin Soil Types. Water Resources Bulletin 30(3):409-417.
  • Post, R. and J. Christopherson. (1994). Turf Fertilization At Lake Tahoe. Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet FS-94-64.
  • Christopherson, J. and W. S. Johnson. (1992). Turf And Erosion Control Grasses For The Tahoe Basin. Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet FS 92-53. Online publication
  • Guerrant, D. G., W. W. Miller, C. N. Mahannah, R. Narayanan. (1990). Infiltration Evaluation Of Four Mechanical Rainfall Simulation Techniques In Sierra Nevada Watersheds. Water Resources Bulletin 26:127-134.
  • Hardman, G.; Venstrom, C. (1941). A 100-Year Record Of Truckee River Runoff Estimated From Changes In Levels And Volumes Of Pyramid And Winnemucca Lakes. Transactions of the American Geophysical Union Part 1:71-90.

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Related Special Reports and Historic Documents in Digital Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries

Lake of the Sky: Lake Tahoe. George Wharton James, 1915. New York: J. F. Tapley Co.
A 385-page digital book. A history of the earlier years of the Tahoe area. Includes photographs; Tahoe-related appendices on Mark Twain, Thomas Starr King, John Le Conte, and John Vance Cheney (with excerpts of their writings) and resorts.

Lake Tahoe Watershed Assessment. Dennis D. Murphy and Christopher M. Knopp, eds., 2000. Volumes I and II. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-175. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 753 p.
The first attempt to collate, synthesize, and interpret available scientific information with a comprehensive view toward management and policy outcomes.

Lake Tahoe Watershed: Precipitation and Snow Data. 1869-1949.
Handwritten charts depicting snowfall and precipitation data and a description of the Charles Dukes papers in Special Collections. Dukes was the Truckee River Water Master from 1926 until his death in 1984.

Lake Tahoe. (Scientific American, 1886). 1886. Scientific American (September 25): 196.
A short piece about the depth of Lake Tahoe and the temperature of the water in various spots.

Letters no. 1, 2, and 3 in A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains. Isabella Bird, 1879.
Letters written to her sister during her six-month journey by train and on horseback in the autumn and winter of 1873 from San Francisco to the Rockies. The first three pertain to the time she spent near Lake Tahoe. Originally published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in New York.

Physical Studies of Lake Tahoe. John Le Conte, 1883-1884. Overland Monthly
Part I, November 1883, pp. 506-515: History of the lake’s name; temperature/depth chart, with comparisons to Lake Geneva; transparency measurements; “why drowned bodies do not float.”
Part II, December 1883, pp. 595-612: “Colors of the Waters of Lake Tahoe.”
Part III, January 1884, pp. 41-46: “Rhythmical Variations in Levels of Lakes: or ‘Seiches.'”