International Red River Board

Red River Telemetry Study

This project is a hydroacoustic telemetry study that is being conducted in the Red River to study movements and habitat use of a number of fish species including Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens), Bigmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus), Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), Walleye (Sander vitreus), Sauger (Sander canadensis), Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio), etc. The obtained information on fish movement and habitat use is crucial for Instream Flow Needs predictions and will provide previously unknown aspects of the lives of fishes in the Red River such as where certain fish spawn and when fish move to and from spawning or overwintering areas.  Additionally, the board will better understand the population structure and movement of fish between the United States and Canada in the Red River Basin.

 

Water-Quality Trend Analysis for the International Red River

This project includes a basin-wide, up-to-date water quality trend analysis being performed using QWTrend for seven sites with long-term data (25 years or more; including the binational site at Emerson, MB) and 30 sites with short-term data (10-15 years) using QWTrend, software developed by the United States Geological Survey for water quality trend estimation.  Constituents to be included are nutrients, total suspended solids, total dissolved solids, sulfate and chloride. Total dissolved solids, sulfate, and chloride are included in the International Red River Board’s water-quality objectives (WQOs) for the Red River at Emerson, MB.  This trend analysis will fill a critical need to identify changes in water-quality across the Red River Basin while accounting for changes in streamflow.