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Citizens Get to Test Water Quality May 22 (2004)

TitleCitizens Get to Test Water Quality May 22 (2004)
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release and background information available at;;;; and
Date Original2004-05-18
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #67 - "Snapshot Day" (Air Date: May 18, 2004). Jason Kuchnicki from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and Melissa Blake from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency discuss the annual Snapshot Day event, in which researchers and volunteers gather water quality data from various locations along Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River. The event is held annually and relies on volunteer participation in order to gather as much data as possible.
SubjectWater quality -- Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 67: Snapshot Day Air Date: May 18, 2004 Tease @ 21:59 "It's your opportunity to do some hands-on research at Lake Taeho. I'm Shelly Purdy, I'll tell you how to get involved in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report." Anchor Intro: Scientists at Lake Tahoe and here in the Reno area are looking for the public's help in an upcoming research effort called Snapshot Day. Shelly Purdy explains in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((Take Pkg)) ((Track 1)) Only 15 out of the 63 streams and rivers that feed into Lake Tahoe are monitored on a regular basis. Researchers would like to do more monitoring, but simply do not have the resources. That's why every year they ask volunteers to participate in Snapshot Day. ((sot @ 7:50 Jason Kuchnicki, Environmental Scientist, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection)) "The agencies are looking toward citizen monitoring as being a viable tool for providing information at a low cost." ((track 2)) On Snapshot day volunteers will be sent to sites along Tahoe's tributaries. The sites have been mapped by GPS and flagged. The volunteers will assess the overall look of the stream, take a temperature reading, test for pH and dissolved oxygen. ((sot@ 12:25 Melissa Blake, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency)) "So we measure all of these parameters so we can see how healthy the streams are and if there are hot spots or if something's not quite right we can send researchers out to monitor that and if there's a pollution source we can then mitigate that source." ((s/u @ 21:20 Shelly Purdy)) "For the first time this year, some of the data collected in Snapshot Day is going to be used by researchers for what's called the TMDL or Tahoe Maximum Daily Load." ((sot @ 6:03)) "What they try to do on a daily basis is figure out how much load of pollutants the water body can take in this case Lake Tahoe and still meet that water quality standard." ((Track 3)) That's why the volunteers are so critical to this effort. Without them, it would be nearly impossible for the agencies up here - working with limited resources- to collect the data they need. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: Snapshot Day is May 22nd. Volunteers will be sent to various locations at Lake Tahoe and along the Truckee River. If you would like to volunteer visit our website at for more information.

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