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


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 | Lakes | Basins | Ecological restoration | Suspended sediment | Rivers and streams | Water quality | Turbidity | California | United States

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