Hundreds of volunteers take part in annual watershed watch on the Boise River

Posted at 7:29 PM, Sep 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-30 21:29:37-04

Scientists of all ages are testing the waters of the Boise River this weekend. The annual Watershed Watch aims to raise awareness and determine the health of the Boise River. Members of the United States Geological Survey along with 200 volunteers collected water samples from 14 sites along the river, starting at Barber Park and going all the way to Caldwell. They not only collected water samples but also little critters that live in the river. 

"Bugs kind of gives a bigger picture of another way to judge the health of the river. Different species live in the water if it's cleaner than others; some species like more polluted water so seeing what's in there gives an idea of how healthy the river is," said Michael Allen of the United States Geological Survey.

The USGS says overall the river is healthy, but it's cleaner near its source. To get involved next year click here