Tahoe waters rising again

Truckee River looking upstream from Lake Street Bridge in Reno on 9/16/2014

The warm and wet storm of the past 3 days has reversed Tahoe’s water decline – at least for now.  Tahoe has risen over an inch with an upward trend and now stands 4.8″ below its rim (12/4/14).  Still no water will flow into the Truckee River from the Lake, but it is better than a continual decline.  Much of the rise is likely due to water falling directly on the surface of the lake. (See my last post regarding this phenomenon.) If wet weather continues, then we can expect a much improved water situation, but whether or not we’ll see an end to the long-term drought remains in doubt.

Tahoe Elevation (6223.0 is the rim elevation and no water flows to the Truckee River if water level drops below)

Tahoe Elevation (6223.0 is the rim elevation and no water flows to the Truckee River if water level drops below) – current reading is between 6,222.6 and 6,222.7.

Truckee River view downstream of Center Street in Reno on 12/4/2014.

Truckee River view downstream of Center Street in Reno on 12/4/2014.

Truckee River looking upstream from Lake Street Bridge in Reno on 9/16/2014

Truckee River looking upstream from Lake Street Bridge in Reno on 9/16/2014

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About Dennis Ghiglieri

My concern for the Truckee River grew over the years. It started with picking up trash and supporting better water quality. I helped create the "living river"plan with other citizens on the Community Flood Coalition; a plan to reduce flood impacts to infrastructure through river restoration and protection of the floodplain. I understand how critical the Truckee River is to the environment – and economy – of our entire region. I'm hoping that through these pages we can all understand our connection to the Truckee River and why we need to protect it.

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