This 4-hour field trip will visit three locations that have variable flow and suspended sediment characteristics. The Mogul stop is on the Truckee River upstream from the water intakes that serve Reno/Sparks, but downstream from an area that burned during 2001. Samples can be collected from an adjacent, little used bridge. From the Mogul site, the tour continues up the scenic Truckee River Canyon, through the burn area, then into the Lake Tahoe Basin. The second stop will be at Third Creek near the lakeshore in Incline Village, a wealthy enclave on the Lake. This small stream has been monitored for many years as part of a study assessing sediment and nutrient loading to Lake Tahoe. Samples can be collected near the USGS gage from a small footbridge. From Third Creek, the tour will cross into the Truckee Meadows by way of the highest all-weather highway crossing the Sierra Nevada. The third stop will be along Steamboat Creek, a tributary to the Truckee River that traverses an economically viable geothermal complex. Samples can be collected from the shore. A short drive from Steamboat Creek will return the tour to the Hotel.
The busses have restrooms, and water will be provided at each stop.
Field Trip Note Sheet
Please call Terry Rees with any questions.