TERC research Scott Hackley monitoring Ward Creek during a storm in 2010.

Stream Monitoring

TERC and USGS researchers visit long-term stream monitoring stations to collect water samples and make measurements throughout the year. These collections are part of the Lake Tahoe Interagency Monitoring Program (LTIMP) which measures nutrient and sediment input from a portion of the basin's 63 streams. Water samples are analyzed for sediment, nutrients, fine particles, and additional stream data is collected.

The Lake Tahoe Interagency Monitoring Program (LTIMP) evaluates the status and trend os stream input (loading) of sediment and nutrients. As watershed restoration efforts carry on into the future, continued stream monitoring is important to evaluate program effectiveness, detect changes in the response of stream water quality, and support simulation monitoring used for management decisions.

Funding and support: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service

Collaborators: Nancy Alvarez (nalvarez@usgs.gov); Scott Hackley (shhackley@ucdavis.edu); Geoff Schladow (gschladow@ucdavis.edu)

2011 Sediment, N, P loads from monitored streams. (TERC 2012 State of the Lake Report)