Connecticut to stain Housatonic River with rhodamine

By on May 16, 2014
The Housatonic River in Kent, Conn. (Credit: John Phelan, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Housatonic River in Kent, Conn. (Credit: John Phelan, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture will stain the Housatonic River with rhodamine dye this May, according to WFSB. The river will run pink as part of an oyster study.

By tracking the stained water’s flow, scientists will be able to assess the impacts of wastewater discharges on shellfish that grow in the river. Officials also hope to determine where oysters can be safely harvested.

About 14 gallons of the nontoxic dye will run through the river during mid-May. It will be released over separate 12-hour periods while flows are tracked.

Image: The Housatonic River in Kent, Conn. (Credit: John Phelan, via Wikimedia Commons)

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