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Enviro-News — The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is pleased to present our March edition of Enviro-News! A news publication For School and Community Educators. Our newsletter highlights and promotes our commitment to recycling, watershed education, and environmental stewardship that is occurring in the great state of Nevada.

March 2017 — This issue of NDEP's Enviro-News!

What's Inside the Newsletter
  • Weather
  • Vocabulary
  • “Wish-Cycling”
  • Top Reasons to Recycle

  • Coincidence or Not?
  • What Can I Recycle
  • Protect Our Vital Source Water
  • Early Childhood
  • Truckee River Snapshot Day
  • Earth Day Celebrations
  • Upcoming Workshops
  • Scholarship Opportunity

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The 17th annual Truckee River Snapshot Day will be conducted on Friday, May 19, 2017. Snapshot Day is a Truckee River Watershed-wide monitoring event that takes a snapshot of water quality and habitat conditions of the Truckee River watershed. Students (monitoring teams) are assigned to a monitoring site to perform a stream walk (visual assessment), collect field data, grab samples and photo documentation.

Educators can collaborate with resource experts for a unique field study. Dedicated Team Leaders help students understand nonpoint source pollution, water quality protection and watershed health concepts as well as the importance of stewardship. This environmental study addresses real-watershed concerns as well as NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas and Topics.

Under guidance of resource experts, Monitoring Teams conduct field tests for dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH and temperature. Water “grab” samples are collected for laboratory analysis of nutrients, turbidity and bacteria. Monitoring Teams complete a habitat assessment, which includes visual observations and photo documentation of vegetation and stream conditions.

Register now to experience a unique field study of the Carson River Watershed. Space is limited!!
To register / to volunteer, contact:
Mary Kay Wagner, 775-687-9454, mkwagner[at]

     Additional information
      Snapshot Day Team Leader Handbook
      Snapshot Day Step-by-Step Instructions
      Snapshot Day Forms
      NGSS SSD Educator Resource
      Assumption of Risk form

Interactive Tool: The Scale of the Universe. Cary Huang, with technical support from his brother Michael Huang, developed this interactive "Scale of the Universe", in which you navigate across planets and microscopic objects with a simple movement of the mouse.

December, 2010 — Thirst - an informative slide show [63 slides - 1.6MB ]

[Reno] City garden cuts pollutants to the river — Non-point source pollution runoff from urbanized areas has been proven to degrade water quality in receiving waters. The McKinley Arts Center is a highly visible park and community center for Reno residents. This Low-Impact Development (LID) demonstration project in partnership with NDEP, City of Reno, and the Truckee River Fund constructed rain gardens and plan to demonstrate proper use of permeable concrete in the parking area. Watch the video

In addition to the educational resources noted above, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has numerous programs that work together to protect Nevada's air, land, and water resources. These programs are unique and offer a wide variety of educational opportunities.

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