Research group announces results of plants study |

Research group announces results of plants study

Griffin Rogers

A group that provides volunteer divers for research recently announced the results of a project to identify invasive plants and study plant beds at the bottom of Lake Tahoe.

Divers with New Millennium Dive Expeditions started working on the project — officially the Lake Tahoe Nearshore Community Structure Pilot Monitoring Project — on Aug. 20. They finished their work on Oct. 18.

During the course of the project, volunteer members with New Millennium circumnavigated 72 miles of lakebed at an average depth of 15 feet. They completed 14 missions, conducted 38 dives and logged more than 600 volunteer hours, according to an NMDE press release.

By the end of the endeavor, divers located and delineated 9 plant beds, took more than 50 samples for biomass and identification under supervision of University of Nevada, Reno’s scientific team and captured more than 300 images and videos.

The idea was to help scientists and managers better understand plant communities growing in Tahoe’s nearhsore, according to NMDE.

The project was funded by a grant from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency with support from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and Lahontan Water Quality Control Board.

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