Rosewood Creek Stream Environment Zone Restoration Monitoring: Washoe County, Nevada

Affiliation(s)PIProject periodFunded by
DHS Susfalk, Richard B 12/20/2007 - 06/30/2009 Nevada Tahoe Conservation District

Project Description

This project, funded through the USFS, in conjunction with a recent award by the NDSL-LTLP, will continue our previous efforts of suspended sediment monitoring of the lower Rosewood Creek restoration project that was completed in 2003. In addition, we are expanding our scope to include pre- and post-construction monitoring of the planned 2008 middle reach restoration project by NTCD. This work will provide needed information that can be incorporated into the design of subsequent phases of the restoration project targeting other sections of Rosewood Creek, or to other restoration projects. The increase in spatial scope requires DRI to operate and conduct sampling at additional monitoring sites, including the routine operation of equipment previously installed by NTCD. In addition, nutrient analyses will be added to the current analysis suite that only includes suspended sediment concentration and particle size. Lastly, we are proposing to collect more detailed information on water sources to both restoration projects and to several of the restoration features (e.g. spreading zones) within the lower project. Preliminary data has suggested that the effectiveness of these features is dependent on the type and magnitude of hydrologic event. A better understanding of the response of these features under differing hydrologic conditions can be used to improve similar designs for other restoration projects.