The Clear Creek monitoring site is located adjacent to USGS Gage 10310500. Clear Creek is a small stream that drains the eastern Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe, flows roughly parallel to the U.S. Highway 50 corridor, and discharges to the Carson River near Carson City, Nevada. The headwaters of Clear Creek are forested and undeveloped above U.S. Highway 50. The headwaters are fed by snowmelt and springs in a relatively undisturbed area of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The monitoring site is located below U.S. Highway 50 in the mid-drainage basin that consists of shrub/scrub community vegetation, forest, dense riparian vegetation, and low-density residential areas. The upper reach of Clear Creek where the monitoring site is located is not currently listed on Nevada’s 2014 303(d) List of Impaired Waters. However, the upper reach has been listed in the past for pH and zinc. The lower reach (which begins immediately downstream of the monitoring site) of Clear Creek is not currently listed on Nevada’s 2014 303(d) List of Impaired Waters. However, the lower reach has been listed in the past for dissolved oxygen, Escherichia coli, fecal coliform, iron, water temperature, and zinc. Historical and ongoing development in the drainage basin is thought to be affecting Clear Creek and its sediment-transport characteristics. Clear Creek has the potential to become a drinking water source for the community in the future.
Discharge and gage height data is collected at USGS gaging station 10310500 located adjacent to the Clear Creek monitoring station.
Meteorological data is collected at the Spooner/Carson Road Weather Information System (RWIS) station approximately 2.5 miles from the Clear Creek monitoring station. The Spooner/Carson RWIS station better represents weather in the Clear Creek watershed than the Clear Creek water quality monitoring station.
The Clear Creek monitoring site provides constant data collection with instruments sensitive enough to detect subtle changes in water quality on a frequency that will allow background conditions and any changes to them to be documented throughout the year.
The water quality standards for this segment of Clear Creek can be found here: NAC 445A.1836