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Lake Tahoe clarity and associated conditions, 2022

June 30, 2022

Lake Tahoe’s clarity remains a key indicator of overall ecosystem status, and scientific understanding about factors affecting lake clarity continues to evolve. The purpose of this briefing memorandum is to summarize the status of clarity metrics and drivers of change discussed in the 2022 TSAC Data Synthesis and Analysis report.
Consistent with the Lake Tahoe Total Maximum Daily Load analyses, the concentrations of fine particles remain important to lake clarity. These include fine sediment particles from the watershed as well as small phytoplankton cells produced within the lake. This year, in addition to the analysis of Secchi depth clarity response to fine particle and small phytoplankton concentrations, we reviewed available data on fine sediment particles from streams and urban runoff.
Information summarized here is discussed further in the Tahoe Science Advisory Council (TSAC) Data Synthesis and Analysis reports (2022, 2021), the TSAC Lake Tahoe Seasonal and Long-Term Clarity Trend Analysis report (2020), and in annual State of the Lake reports produced by UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Lake Tahoe clarity and associated conditions, 2022
Authors Alan Heyvaert, Ramon C. Naranjo, John Melack, Shohei Watanabe, Geoffrey Schladow, Sudeep Chandra
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Index ID 70236303
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Nevada Water Science Center