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A state endangered Greater Redhorse Sucker caught during fish survey on the Eel River, 2009.  The Eel River is the only known location of these fish in the entire Ohio River Basin.

The field crew, 2009. 

Front Row:  John Bruce 2009 Water Technician, John’s nephew, Carmen Styles 2009 Water Technician, Kerry Nielsen 2009 Water Technician, Matthew Linn 2009 Water Technician, Ashlee Haviland DNR Hyrdoacoustics, Ed Brwon retired DNR Fisheries Biologist

Back Row: DNR Intern, Rod Edgell DNR Lare Program Biologist, Matt Trentman 2009 Water Technician, Terri Michaelis Watershed Coordinator

Blocher Gage Station, 2009. 

One of three gage stations on the mainstem of the Eel River.  The gage station includes an automatic water sampler that collects water from the river 6 times daily during the field season (May 1-June30).  The water samples are taken back to the Manchester University Lab to perform water chemistry.  The gage station also has a transducer on it that monitors the pressure, which can be used to calculate loading

Backpack shocking 2009.

  In tributaries, a backpack shocker is used for fish surveys, which are used to determine the health of the stream.  A small electrical charge is emitted that stuns the fish, we capture, identify, look for any sign of disease or legions, document  and then return the fish to the stream.


Tote barge 2009.

  The tote barge is similar to the backpack shocker, but can be used in deeper water.  We use the tote barge on the mainstem of the Eel River in areas that are too shallow for the electro-fishing boat, but too deep for the backpack shocker. 


Electro-fishing boat, 2009.

  The fish surveys would not be possible without this field equipment.  The electro-fishing boat is used on the mainstem of the Eel River for fish surveys.  Fish surveys were conducted at each of the three gage stations and each of the six testing tributaries in 2009. 


Canoe Float, 2009. 

“And they are off!”

2009 Annual Canoe Float and Field Day. 

Over 60 people joined us in 2009 for a free canoe float on the Eel River.  Along with the relaxing canoe float, the group also learned about fish and invertebrates, water quality and monitoring, land use, otters and the historical Eel River Indians


2009 Canoe Float. 

Tom Hewitt, DNR District 4 Wildlife Biologist, discusses the previously state endangered otter and the otter reintroduction program conducted by the DNR.

2009 Canoe Float. 

Jim Needler portrays the culture and camp of the historical Eel River Indians through an interpretive and interactive Eel River Indian Camp enactment.

Canoe Float, 2009. 

“Gentle men and women, start your engines!”

Manchester University mussel collection from the Eel River, housed on campus in the Science Center.

Mussel Survey, 2009.

A mussel survey was completed for each of the gage stations and each of the tributaries in 2009.


A variety of mussels found during the 2009 mussel surveys conducted on the Eel River.  The center mussel is the state endangered Rabbitsfoot mussel.  It was documented further upstream than ever before! 


Eel River Watershed display, created by Manchester University student Austin Bloemke, 2009


Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative
Watershed Cooridantor: Terri Michaelis
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