Sediment and Nutrient Monitoring and Modeling in Lake Tahoe Basin, California, U.S.A.

by Katrina Smolen,
Roger Jacobson,
Todd M. Mihevc,
Anna Panorska,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Measurements and Experimental Methods 2002

Abstract: The water quality of Trout Creek, South Lake Tahoe, California is monitored to assess the system's response to stream restoration. It is the principal endeavor to conduct a systematic evaluation of sediment and nutrient yield before and after stream restoration in the Tahoe Basin. A real-time monitoring system has been deployed to gather turbidity data continuously. Turbidity has proven to be a reliable and cost-effective predictor of suspended sediment and nutrient concentrations. Using a model we developed it is possible to make predictions of suspended sediment and nutrients from a disturbed watershed.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Nutrients | Lakes | Hydrologic models | Basins | Ecological restoration | Suspended sediment | Rivers and streams | Turbidity | Water quality | Quality control | North America | California | United States

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