Get involved with your watershed. Check out our M.A.R.S. program for chance to help!
MARS stands for Macro Biotic Aquifer Recharge Study. It is a low-cost, low-tech way to measure stream flow.
Currently we have stream gauges installed in the Mink Creek watershed. We are hoping to have more set up in other streams in hte Portneuf River Waterhsed in the future. Sign up and we'll show you where you'll be going.
For years, water users (irrigators) have claimed that having beaver in their water shed reduces their flow. But they only recognize what they see at any given instant without historical context. With the flow information that you'll be collecting, we can relate the stream flow to beaver activity measured from BeaverCount.
No worries! You can visit our Donate Page and help purchase more gauges, help us buy a flowmeter needed to calibrate the gauge or any number of helpful projects.
We will display our report at our annual fund-raiser, BeaverDamJam-Idaho (Keep checkinig back for date and place)
Each number and mark on the stream gauge corresponds to a stream flow. You take a picture with your name and date, we plug that into our database and from there we can assess whether stream flow is increasing or decreasing. When we have sufficient information, we can ascribe the changes to increases or decreases in beaver-created habitat.