Citizen scientists monitor the health of the Boise River

Posted at 2:39 PM, Oct 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-06 00:31:35-04

BOISE, Idaho — On Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey hosted their 12th annual Watershed Watch event.

Teams of scientists and volunteers tested the water quality at 12 sites along the Boise River, spanning from Lucky Peak to Parma.

"It's fantastic because we get to share our passion for the science and today at this site we have some folks from the Idaho Master Natural's program. So they'll be able to take what they've learned today and teach it to others later on," said Tim Merrick, who works for the U.S. Geological Survey.

The teams tested the water samples for dissolved oxygen, bacteria, phosphorus, and other water quality parameters. They also identified aquatic native and non-native species in the river.

The U.S.G.S. held this Citizen Science Day in conjunction with the City of Boise's Watershed Environment Education Center. The results of the testing can be found here.