WHAT WE'RE DOING
My team and I aim to evaluate the current conditions in the Flint River in the City of Flint to support existing water quality improvement efforts intended by the Flint River Restoration Efforts. Looking both above and below the Hamilton dam site, we evaluate distribution and abundance of fish species, assess the contaminant loads of fish, estimate the benthic macroinvertebrate scores in various sections of the river, map the river bathymetry, and determine plant-pollinator networks and community structure, as well as pollen limitations along the riparian corridor at reference sites serving as restoration targets and unrestored sites that have or have not yet experienced nearby dam removal.
Data collecting involves cast netting, electro-fishing, and gill netting. Using a variety of unique catching styles makes for an abundant and efficient fishing experience!
Once fish have been caught, most are weighed and measured. We also take a scale for scale sampling data, and some have fin clippings taken for DNA for genetic barcoding. All caught fish are tagged, and then released back into the river location from which they were retrieved. There are, however, a small number of fish sampled for heavy metal testing.
KEEP AND EYE OUT FOR OUR VIRTUAL WALKING TOUR AND COLORING BOOK!
VIRTUAL WALKING TOUR
Look for QR Codes Along the Flint River to Access the Flint River Virtual Walking Tour
Copies in Both English and Spanish Will Be Distributed Around the Flint Community - Limited Number Available!