Beyond Tahoe: Exploring Our Waterways
We often hear news stories about Lake Tahoe covering all of the latest research findings and environmental initiatives impacting our Jewel of the Sierra. While certainly important, Tahoe isn’t our only waterway.
That’s why Reno Public Radio has been visiting, researching, and producing in-depth profiles on several other bodies of water to highlight the unique assets they offer our region, along with the complex challenges they face.
We delve below the surface for our series Beyond Tahoe: Exploring Our Waterways to take a look at Pyramid, Donner, and Independence Lakes, along with the Truckee River and Sparks Marina. You'll find all of our local stories, plus web extras like photos and videos, below on this page.
And did you know...
…Donner Lake contains high levels of chemicals used in flame retardants, fertilizers, and pesticides?
… Pyramid Lake and Walker Lake are sister systems and remnants of the Pleistocene Lake Lahontan that used to cover most of northwestern Nevada?
…the Truckee Meadows Water Authority almost tapped its last resort reservoir—Independence Lake—this summer, which hasn’t been done in decades? Ultimately, voluntary conservation and the lucky timing of just a few rainstorms prevented that from happening.
…at just over 120 feet deep, Sparks Marina holds about a billion gallons of water? Initially, it was supposed to take up to 5 years to fill this hole, but the New Year’s Day Flood of 1997 filled the marina in just a couple of days.
…the organization Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful regularly finds all sorts of stuff in the Truckee River—everything from grocery carts and shoes to used diapers? And if the Truckee River's low water level has you alarmed, check out this video update on the situation: