New Tool Tests Water Quality in Kaw

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has been conducting a fish study on the Kansas River for what will eventually serve as an early-warning of whether water quality in the Kaw is declining.

The department bought a boat with specialized equipment that allows crews to safely work the swift waters of the Kaw. The boat also has special electro-fishing equipment, which provides a jolt of electricity into the water that stuns fish so they float to the top.

The method is great for researchers because it allows large numbers of fish to be collected. Fish are taken ashore where various measurements are taken, and then they're released back into the river.

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