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Pacific Southwest Research Station

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Research Station

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Aligning stormwater quality datasets with priority management objectives

Principal Investigator:
Nicole Beck, 2NDNATURE, LLC

Proposal [pdf]

Final Report [pdf]

2NDNATURE website

Please contact Dr. Nicole Beck with questions regarding the final report.

Project Summary:

This research developed specific recommendations to align urban stormwater monitoring datasets with the Lake Tahoe Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board [LRWQCB] and Nevada Division of Environmental Protection [NDEP] 2010), Environmental Improvement Program, and other water quality implementation and management-associated questions in the Tahoe Basin.

The Tahoe Basin stormwater community has a need to generate multi-year stormwater quality datasets that are capable of: 1) evaluating trends in urban pollutant loading over time as a result of water quality improvement management actions and 2) informing priority needs of the stormwater tools used by the TMDL program. The Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSWMP) is intended to oversee how stormwater data is obtained, managed and reported to address these needs. The recommendations herein provide technical details and guidance to link the site specific datasets obtained with how they will be analyzed and reported such that the results can be used to meet these priority management questions.