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2015 Truckee River Watershed Tributary Assessment

The Truckee River watershed consists of several named and unnamed tributaries that flow through
urbanized areas within the Truckee Meadows. Detailed assessments of these tributaries were first
performed in 2002 to support development of a Watershed Management and Protection Plan, which
was prepared jointly by the Washoe County Department of Water Resources, the University of Nevada
Cooperative Extension, and the Washoe?Storey Conservation District. The initial watershed
assessments provided a broad range of valuable information, and it was determined that they should
be performed annually to evaluate impacts from development and track trends in stream condition
and overall stream health. Since 2005, The Truckee Meadows Storm Water Permit Coordinating
Committee (SWPCC) has implemented a Watershed Assessment Program for tributaries to the
Truckee River. Funding for the program is provided by the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe
County, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), and the Western Regional Water
Commission (WRWC).
Tributary assessments were performed annually from 2005 to 2012 under direction of the SWPCC,
but did not occur during 2013 or 2014 due to budgetary constraints. Tributary assessments were
again performed in 2015, and the results of these assessments are presented in this report. The
organization and approach, stream assessment procedures, Geographic Information System (GIS)
database, and a summary of impaired waters are discussed in this section. Assessment results for the
Peavine, North Carson Range, Southwest Truckee Meadows, and North Truckee Drain Watersheds are
presented in Sections 2?5, respectively.

2015 Truckee Meadows Watershed Assessment Report_February 2016_Final.pdf36.17 MB