Tahoe students have a ‘SWEP’ing environmental impact | SierraSun.com

Tahoe students have a ‘SWEP’ing environmental impact

From left, student Allen Medrano and Hydrologist David Immeker.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Twenty-four high schoolers from four Lake Tahoe basin high schools recently collected critical stream cross section measures for two and a halfdays in Blackwood Canyon on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, as part of the second annual Tahoe Basin Watershed Education Summit.

Students from Truckee High, North Tahoe High and South Tahoe High, and one from Squaw Valley Prep, were divided into five working teams, which also consisted of field experts, resource specialists and teachers.

During the summit, students geared up into full length waders, learned from experts how to operate cross section laser levels and receivers, observed macro-invertebrates, collected invasive plant species and witnessed first-hand the scientific process of bird banding.

Ultimately, students where involved in an integrated experience combining community service, environmental stewardship, academic achievement and career exploration.

The Tahoe Basin Watershed Education Summit is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP), US Forest Service, Tahoe Resource Conservation District, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, El Dorado Resource Conservation District, Sugar Pine Foundation, STEEC and Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

Data collected will ultimately help USFS and other project stakeholders better understand the creek’s recovery after the restoration and engineering efforts of Blackwood Canyon Creek.

SWEP would like to thank all the partners that make this project possible, especially The Clif Bar Family Foundation for financially supporting a program where the environment and the students win.


The SWEP-advised Envirolution Club will present its Trashion Show at the Bioneers Conference on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1:15 p.m. at the Marin Civic Center.

Fourteen Envirolution students each received $1,500 scholarships to attend the Bioneers conference. Thank you the club’s Trashion show supporters: Truckee Boosters, Truckee Donner PUD, Town of Truckee and the Xaton Foundation.

SWEP’s Trout in the Classroom project also is airing this month on PBS “This American Land.” For information on SWEP, visit http://www.4swep.org.

Melissa ‘Missy’ Mohler is executive director of Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships.

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