WETLAB has been participating in Snapshot Day for over a decade! Snapshot Day is coordinated by the Bureau of Water Quality Planning within the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). Snapshot Day occurs annually and is a two-day event where the Urban Truckee River portion of the watershed is sampled from the outlet at Lake Tahoe to its end at Pyramid Lake. That’s more than 105 miles! Snapshot Day is an event that involves the community and education outreach; volunteers from local businesses and organizations spend their time teaching students throughout the Tahoe and Truckee Basin about conservation, ecology, hydrology, environmental stewardship, and water quality. In addition, site facilitators conduct a stream walk for habitat assessment and sample collection for field and laboratory testing. In conjunction with NDEP, these small groups help create a larger picture of the health of the Basin and watershed. This provides longitudinal data that helps identify possible sources of pollution or other contamination and information for community planning and development.
On Friday, May 18th 2018, WETLAB volunteered for the 18th Annual Snapshot Day. Our sampling site was part of the Lower Truckee River at Whites Creek on the campus of Mountain View Montessori School. As facilitators, we had the opportunity to teach 4th & 5th grade students about the importance of a healthy watershed, water quality, field testing methods, the water cycle, and environmental sustainability. We were excited to provide a hands-on learning experience to stimulate interest and stewardship while learning about pollution, invasive species, the water cycle, and procedures for field testing. We also emphasized the importance of observation and protection of our unique water resources.