Truckee River Projects

McCarran Ranch Restoration Project

Baseline Ecological Monitoring: McCarran Ranch Restoration Project Lower Truckee River, Nevada (2003-2004)

A reach of the Truckee River at McCarran Ranch (Patrick, Nevada) is being restored to return the riparian floodplain and channel to a more natural state. A comprehensive suite of ecological parameters was monitored by DRI

Long-Term Monitoring

Long-Term Monitoring

For over 30 years DRI has collected monthly grab samples of the Truckee River, from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. This dataset is a critical long-term record of spatial and temporal variation in water quality.

Sediment Assessment and Model

Sediment Assessment and Model

DRI provided the technical analysis and review necessary to develop a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the California Portion of the Truckee River.

Suspended Sediment Analysis

Suspended Sediment Analysis

This project involves estimating the sediment load from the Truckee Basin and developing relationships between turbidity and sediment. Because turbidity can be collected remotely and continuously, it is a valuable surrogate for suspended sediment concentration.

Groundwater and Solute Transport

Groundwater and Solute Transport in Fernley/Wadsworth

DRI hydrogeologists characterized the groundwater system in the Fernley Basin and determined the TDS loading to the Truckee River between the towns of Wadsworth and Nixon. A groundwater flow and transport model was constructed to integrate all of the available data and to predict the potential loadings under various management alternatives.

Groundwater and Solute Transport

The Influence of Groundwater Flux on Periphyton Growth

To determine the influence of algae on in-stream water quality, DRI scientists designed laboratory experiments that simulate groundwater nutrient flux, promote periphyton algae growth, and measure the resultant change in nutrient concentration in the water column

Groundwater and Solute Transport

The Influence of Riparian Vegetation on Local Climate and River Temperature

The purpose of this study is to evaluate how climatic conditions vary between the Reno NOAA station and local habitats along the lower Truckee River.