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Friday, September 26, 2014

Giving Back To The Truckee River ~ TRWC Adopt-A-Stream Day ~ Autumn Session

Today I had the pleasure of donating my time to the Truckee River Watershed Council's Adopt-A-Stream program, where chemical, physical, and streamside habitat were monitored. If you're not familiar with the TRWC's Adopt-A-Stream program, adopted streams in the Tahoe Basin are monitored by a committed team of volunteers four times a year, May through September. TRWC trains the teams and provides all the equipment and supplies.

Our team, led by our trustworthy and courageous leader Nicole, worked on two types of chemical and physical monitoring to take measurements such as temperature, conductivity, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and habitat characteristics. As always there was much to learn and the knowledge gained is invaluable for future studies, and improvements. 

Though Davies Creek was dry and provided zero water to sample, we still took additional notes on the test site area. A little rain did not hamper our efforts one bit, in fact it was a welcomed sight!

Water samples were then taken from the Little Truckee River below Boca Reservoir, after a little chemistry these samples were recorded into the log. I was amazed at the difference of the cold air temperatures, and the warm water temps that were running in the mid 60's.

I had an awesome time with my team, and feel grateful for contributing to a great organization! Special thanks to Erin Casey, Director of Land Use Compatibility for TWRC. She does an amazing job with all the details of these special events!

To become a volunteer for TRWC, go here;

Want to donate and help the Truckee River? Go here;

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