Lacamas Creek's Turning Red Again.

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Lacamas Creek’s turning red again.

Lacamas Creek  turning red again If you live along the Lacamas Creek watershed, don’t be alarmed if you see currents of fluorescent red plumes flowing through the creek tomorrow evening. For the second time this summer, researchers are using the dye to see where the water travels, and how long it lingers in direct sunlight.

Don’t worry, the dye is harmless to humans, pets and wildlife and normally dissipates within a mile of its starting point. Releases are generally done in the evening when fewer people are using the trail systems located around Lacamas Creek and its tributaries.

Researchers use a fluorometer to measure the dyes concentration in the water and then feed the data into a computer model.  The goal of the project is to learn how to improve Lacamas Creek’s overall water quality which is crucial to the watershed’s fish populations.

Lacamas Creek  turning red againPrevious dye releases along Lacamas Creek took place at the end of July. Ecology officials say the dye is commonly used in watersheds for this type of research. Water temperature and oxygen levels are both important factors in providing a healthy habitat for fish.

Chances are most of us won’t see much of a change in the water color. But, if you do notice that Lacamas Creek’s turning red again, don’t be alarmed. The Department of Ecology meant to do that.

If you're interested in living along the the Lacamas Creek watershed, let's explore your options.

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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Fascinating little sharing of something going on somewhere...they do this in wind tunnels and to discover leaks too...I enjoyed this post thank you

Aug 29, 2011 03:28 AM #1
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Debb - good information for your community. If you didn't know what is was, I'm sure people would think it's some kind of bio-hazardous liquid leaking into the river and panic would ensue. Cool that they track the water flow and I'm sure this information is important and helpful to your local eco-system. 

Aug 29, 2011 05:56 AM #2
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Richie, glad you enjoyed it. I'm always happy to see folks doing what they need to do in order to keep our watersheds healthy.


Hi Kristine - You're right, it could appear to be something bad, instead of something good (green) for our watershed.  Yes, the tracking will help them figure out why the water temperature is too warm and oxygen levels too low to support fish year round. They have to continuing restock to keep fish in the creek and Lacamas Lake.

Aug 29, 2011 09:51 AM #3
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