Storm Water Runoff within the Truckee Meadows

Affiliation(s)PIProject periodFunded by
DHS McKay, Wallace A 02/20/2013 - 08/31/2013 City of Reno

Project Description

The cities of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County jointly regulate the discharge of municipal storm water runoff within the Truckee Meadows. Storm water sampling activities are essential to determining an accurate and effective treatment program as determined by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). Recently, Stantec Inc. developed a Sample Analysis Plan (SAP) that defines current practices in storm water management in the Truckee Meadows and proposes new sampling efforts to better quantify inputs to the Truckee River. Their SAP document details the activities and goals necessary toward a successful storm water management program (SWMP). At the request of City staff, the Desert Research Institute (DRI) has developed a scope of work that follows the outline of that SAP, and incorporates value-added techniques, equipment, and facilities of the DRI. Specifically, we propose a Pilot Program that will: 1) Implement three different Truckee River Inlet grab sampling regimes to better quantify input of constituents; 2) Each of the three sampling efforts will occur twice (2 tributary dry events; 2 tributary wet events; and two storm outfall wet events) and; 3) Interpret the results of nutrient and solids analyses. Data collected and operating methods developed in this Pilot Program will help in the design of a long-term Truckee River tributary and storm water outfall sampling scheme and provide needed information to managers and scientists.