Storms continue to raise Tahoe; majority of snowmelt still to come

After years of dry winters starting with winter 2011-12, the current winter season of 2016-17, brings a surge of water for the Truckee River, Lake Tahoe, and Pyramid Lake. This spring’s high water covers floodplain lands along the Truckee River for the first time in a decade where restoration of the river have occurred at The Nature Continue Reading »

Tahoe releases increase; higher flows from snow melt, rain

Flows from Lake Tahoe to the Truckee River jumped 40% yesterday to 700 cubic-feet-per-second. Lake Tahoe continues to rise standing 6,227.07 feet above sea level. The Lake rose nearly 3 inches over the past 7 days. Truckee River flows surged during the week topping out at nearly 7,000 CFS through Reno and Sparks on March Continue Reading »

Truckee rising slowly with warming weather

As some of the snowpack melts during the past several days, flows in the Truckee River are increasing. Today, flows through Reno reached 2,200 cubic-feet-per-second (CFS) rising more than 400 CFS over the past 5 days. The Federal Watermaster continues to hold flows out of Lake Tahoe to 500 CFS. The Natural Resource Conservation Service Continue Reading »

Fluoridated water for Truckee Meadows not solution

A bill, AB 193, that just had a Nevada Assembly Committee hearing last Tuesday, would mandate that the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) add fluoride to our community’s high quality drinking water.  The bill should come again before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee; reports are that the committee members appeared favorable to the Legislation. The legislators Continue Reading »

Gates open at Lake Tahoe Dam; precipitation record broken in Reno

The gates at the Lake Tahoe Dam opened on February 22 and are likely to remain open, barring another flood event. Flows from the Lake into the Truckee River went from 50 cubic-feet-per-second (CFS) to 500 CFS at the end of the day last Wednesday. Lake Tahoe’s water surface elevation now stands at 6226.74 feet – 2.36 feet Continue Reading »

Tahoe rises five inches in seven days; drought shrinks again

The recent rain storms in Reno and snow and rain in the central Sierra Nevada including Lake Tahoe have raised the Lake’s water surface elevation from 6226.23 to 6226.73 – an additional increase of 5 inches in just 7 days. A significant portion of that rise likely came from rain and snow falling directly on the Continue Reading »

Rain returns to Truckee; Pyramid Lake beaches open to fishing

An all-day rain from an atmospheric river storm hit Reno and the Truckee River beginning on early Monday morning (2/20/17) and is continuing as I write this in the early evening. With snow levels not as high as in the previous rainstorm, the rain is forecast to turn to snow preventing any serious flooding on the Truckee Continue Reading »