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Snapshot Day 2005

TitleSnapshot Day 2005
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release and background information available at;;;; and
Date Original2005-04-25
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #117 - "Snapshot Day" (Air Date: 5/17/2005). Shannon Horgan from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency discusses annual Snapshot Day activities, when volunteers work with researchers to gather to take water samples, measure flow and collect other data from Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River.
SubjectVolunteers -- Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
Water -- Pollution -- Total maximum daily load
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 Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment A117: Snapshot Day Air Date: May 17, 2005 Tease @ 26:51 "With all of the research that's being done in the Lake Tahoe Basin you might be surprised to know that streams and rivers are not monitored on a regular basis. That is the purpose of snapshot Day. I'm Shelly Purdy, I'll tell you all about this years Snapshot Day coming up on this week's Lake Tahoe Report. Anchor intro: The Tahoe-Truckee Clean Water Team is looking for volunteers to collect water samples at this year's upcoming Snapshot Day. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy explains why Snapshot Day is so important to the health of Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River…and how you can get involved. ((TAKE PKG)) ((nats stream flowing)) ((Track 1)) It's been a big winter, and this spring the streams and rivers around Tahoe are flowing to capacity. On May 21st, volunteers will fan out to those streams and rivers throughout the Tahoe basin and along the Truckee River to take water samples, measure flow and collect other data. ((s/u @ 25:44 Shelly Purdy)) "During the past few years of drought volunteers have gone to some streams during Snapshot Day that have been completely dried-up. Not this year though. This year volunteers will be taking samples during peak runoff." ((sot @ 19:50 Shannon Horgan, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency)) "This year in particular we're going to hit the peak runoff. So, that's going to be good. We're going to get a good assessment of what is going into your streams during a heavy runoff year and be able to compare that during a light runoff year." ((track 2)) And, since this year marks the 5th Snapshot Day, the data collected will be compared with data from previous years to help researchers develop a trend analysis. ((sot @ 13:31)) "What it means is you're going back and you're sampling each stream at ideally the same time every year, so you're going to see hotspots that are particularly bad areas and areas that are really clean and have low levels of sediment and nutrients." ((track 3)) The information is used to direct additional research and funding for erosion control projects at trouble spots. The data is also being used by researchers working on Lake Tahoe's TMDL or ‘Total Maximum Daily Load." The TMDL is a huge study currently underway at Tahoe which will identify the major sources of pollutants in the watershed figure out a way to address the problems. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News channel 8. Anchor Still Store: If you would like to volunteer for Snapshot Day, you can contact the Tahoe-Truckee Clean Water Team at (775) 588-4547 extension 202.

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