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New webcam offers live views of Truckee River

Sun staff report

Anglers, rafters, scientists and other river enthusiasts can now get live and interactive views of the Truckee River in Tahoe City, thanks to a new webcam installed by the U.S. Geological Survey’s California Water Science Center.

The camera, which can be accessed at http://ca.water.usgs.gov/webcams/truckee/, provides a live panoramic view of the river near the Lake Tahoe dam and Highway 89. Those interested in current river conditions can pan the riverscape or zoom in on a particular point of interest. The camera will operate 24 hours a day, year-round.

The webcam is located next to a USGS stream-gaging station, approximately 500 feet downstream of the lake. The dam operates the lake’s upper 6.1 feet and regulates the amount of water released into the river. The gaging station continually monitors outflow from the lake, plus precipitation, air temperature and water temperature.