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.

 

Drought Risk Analysis of Stochastically Generated Streamflow for the Red River Basin

The Red River is susceptible to periods of dry conditions that have the potential to adversely impact ecological conditions and water supply. The project is aligned with International Red River Board’s (IRRB) work plan by improving water quantity knowledge for water quantity apportionment and Instream Flow Needs.

To understand the potential for drought conditions in the Red Basin, this project includes the development of a water balance model and stochastic (a statistical model that explains most of the variability of meteorological trends with the addition of modeled random variability that accounts for what cannot be predicted) hydrometeorological data to derive a set of synthetic streamflow time series for the Red River that would be used to statistically characterize the potential for periods of extreme low flows over the next 50 years.