Lake Tahoe Hydro Mapper
Since the late 1980’s, USGS has collected discharge, sediment, and water quality data at seven major drainages as part of the Lake Tahoe Interagency Monitoring Program (LTIMP). Continuous, real-time measurements of turbidity recently were added to LTIMP sites. Similarly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has conducted continuous snowpack and soil monitoring in basin headwaters, with daily snow measurements dating back to the late 1970’s or early 1980’s at most sites. These data can be combined with remotely sensed datasets available from USGS and NASA and analyzed to determine the key factors controlling measured fine sediment and nutrient loads in LTIMP streams draining to Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe Basin data can now be accessed through the Lake Tahoe Hydro Mapper. The Hydro Mapper is an interactive map viewer which allows users to see real-time information on stream flow discharge, stage, nutrient, turbidity, sediment loads, and storage data. Data from NRCS Snow Telemetry (SNOTEL) and National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service are included with other local and regional hydrologic data, weather radar, watershed extents, and other ancillary geospatial data.