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How Does Shoreline Erosion Rank with Other Sources of Lake Pollution

TitleHow Does Shoreline Erosion Rank with Other Sources of Lake Pollution
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-11-23
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #93 - "Watermaster" (Air Date: November 23, 2004) Federal watermaster Garry Stone discusses the Floriston Rate and his role in regulating how much water is released from Lake Tahoe and other storage reservoirs into the Truckee and Carson Rivers.
SubjectWater supply -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (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 93: Watermaster Air Date: November 23, 2004 Anchor Intro: Living in Northern Nevada means we live in the high desert, and there is a limited amount of water to go around. It's the job of the federal watermaster to regulate just how much water is released fro Lake Tahoe and other storage reservoirs into the Truckee and Carson Rivers. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy introduces us to Watermaster Garry Stone. Take PKG ((Track 1)) There is no water behind the dam at Tahoe City these days. What little water there is in the Truckee River here is coming from seepage and underground springs. You might think of Lake Tahoe as just a recreational playground, but it's much more than that. Lake Tahoe is also a water storage reservoir. The dam at Tahoe City was built to hold and keep up to 750, 000 acre feet of water stored in Lake Tahoe. ((sot @ 9:11 Garry Stone, Watermaster)) "Without the Tahoe dam which stores 6.1 feet vertically on the natural lake, the lake would go below the rim every year because if there was no dam to catch the water that ran into the lake it would just run over at Tahoe City and on down the Truckee." ((track 2)) It's the job of Watermaster Garry Stone to keep track of all the water coming in and out of Lake Tahoe and other area reservoirs. It's a juggling act of storing and releasing to make sure enough water goes down the Truckee into Reno and beyond. And even though there's very little water left in upstream reservoirs right now, the watermaster's first priority, by law, is to maintain what's called the Floriston Rate. ((sot @ 2:44)) "I have to follow the guidelines of the federal court decree and in the case of the Truckee it's fairly easy to explain in that we have to maintain the Floriston Rates and those are flow rates that must be maintained at Stateline." ((track 3)) The Floriston rate ensures that there is enough water coming into the Reno area to supply the community, farming, fish and wildlife interests. In a drought like we're in now, the watermaster isn't storing any water at all. He is required, above all, to maintain the Floriston Rate. ((sot @ 4:54)) "We can't store now because my first mandate is to maintain the Floriston Rate. Whatever period of year we're in that rate must be maintained and I cannot store until we get back up to that prescribed rate." ((track 4)) During times of flood or drought, requirements like the Floriston Rate aren't well understood by the general public. And the watermaster's office frequently gets criticized for the job they do. ((sot @ 3:28)) "Of course, there are those folks who are unhappy with not enough or too much water in the river. Tahoe's either too high or too low. And we encourage people to call and we're more than happy to explain to them why we have to do what we do at Tahoe and the Truckee River." ((track 5)) With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO NC8. Anchor Tag: Garry Stone has worked in the watermaster's office for 37 years and has served as the Federal Watermaster for 20 years.

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