The month of September was big for Idaho water sheds. You’ll find that there was a great deal of progress done to help with tracing and mapping Idaho’s Kootenai River. This is a solution that has been garnering some attention and support from the Department of Fish and Game as well as the Kootenai Tribe that helps with restoration projects in the state of Idaho.
Scientists worked through creating a red dye in the Kootenai River so that they could study the waters, and focus on sturgeon, and burbot movements within the river through to Kootenay Lake, which is located in British Columbia. The dye is harmless, and is not meant to harm any of the wildlife in the river. However, it has a fluorescent color element. The goal is to understand the speed of the larval growths in the rivers from various wildlife.
This specific study was meant to focus on sturgeon and burbot which move from hatchlings through the river, and focus on moving to other locations. The red dye was approved as a way to trace the water, and was highlighted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is important to stress that this is harmless to people, all wild life, and more.
Aside from the dye, citizens noticed that there was an airplane flying by on a regular basis with a specific type of light. This light is meant to help with mapping land and river topography. The overall method is to help with help with figuring out elevation, and survey elements that can’t be mapped out with other regular elements. This data is meant to help with biological changes that are going to be needed down the line. As far as restoration, and focus, these elements will help scientists and agricultural departments, and more.
The goal is to change manual water sampling and allow for innovative changes. Scientists have been collecting data to help allow fisheries simulate the same conditions that the river would have. Emulating the river conditions will allow scientists to fully understand the conditions and changes that sturgeon and burbot go through. This eases time management, and highlights conditions that you cannot get any other way, aside from manual water-quality samples.
This river dye trace study worked through changes in September 24 through September 29 along the Kootenai River. This is just one of the many tracing solutions that has occurred in Idaho Rivers, and continues to focus on studies that help with mapping migration patterns of fish of all types.