Volunteers needed: Here’s how you can help scientists study Lake Tahoe this weekend

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is looking for volunteer “citizen scientists” to join in an annual survey of the watershed. The group will work with other Tahoe-based partners to host the 24th annual Snapshot Day this Saturday monring. This is one of many events held at watersheds across the country.”This is a really great event for people of all ages to come out and do hands-on restoration work by taking water quality samples and see the real health of the Lake Tahoe watershed,” says Marilee Movius.Volunteers will be grouped with experienced team leaders. Each group will travel to a different spot in the Tahoe watershed to collect water quality samples. Those samples will later be used to record characteristics like sediment, oxygen and nutrient levels as well as temperature and pH among many other variables.”This builds a very long-term data set and it could be used to answer questions for future research and things we didn’t think of yet,” says Movius.That data is used to keep detailed records of trends for specific points in the Tahoe watershed. Scientists and conservationists use that data to identify potential concerns and inspire new research.Recently, Snapshot Day data helped identify contamination in a small stream. After some investigation, organizers determined that a group of escaped horses was responsible for the contamination. “We talked to the owner and the horses went back home. So we did see a change in some of the data sets because some of these horses were in that location and they aren’t normally,” says Movius. There is no pre-registration required to participate in this year’s Snapshot Day. Those interested in helping the League to Save Lake Tahoe should plan to meet at the Lake Tahoe Community College gym at 1 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon with refreshments served during orientation at the start of the day.For more information on volunteering and to see data from previous Snapshot Day events, visit the event’s website.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is looking for volunteer “citizen scientists” to join in an annual survey of the watershed.

The group will work with other Tahoe-based partners to host the 24th annual Snapshot Day this Saturday monring.

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This is one of many events held at watersheds across the country.

“This is a really great event for people of all ages to come out and do hands-on restoration work by taking water quality samples and see the real health of the Lake Tahoe watershed,” says Marilee Movius.

Volunteers will be grouped with experienced team leaders. Each group will travel to a different spot in the Tahoe watershed to collect water quality samples. Those samples will later be used to record characteristics like sediment, oxygen and nutrient levels as well as temperature and pH among many other variables.

“This builds a very long-term data set and it could be used to answer questions for future research and things we didn’t think of yet,” says Movius.

That data is used to keep detailed records of trends for specific points in the Tahoe watershed. Scientists and conservationists use that data to identify potential concerns and inspire new research.

Recently, Snapshot Day data helped identify contamination in a small stream. After some investigation, organizers determined that a group of escaped horses was responsible for the contamination.

“We talked to the owner and the horses went back home. So we did see a change in some of the data sets because some of these horses were in that location and they aren’t normally,” says Movius.

There is no pre-registration required to participate in this year’s Snapshot Day.

Those interested in helping the League to Save Lake Tahoe should plan to meet at the Lake Tahoe Community College gym at 1 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon with refreshments served during orientation at the start of the day.

For more information on volunteering and to see data from previous Snapshot Day events, visit the event’s website.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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