Ball State has been studying the fish communities of the Wabash River annually since 2000.
This is continuation of a project that James Gammon at DePauw University began in 1974, providing a long term data set that is extremely useful to studying changes in fish communities. The field work includes collecting fishes at 28 sites using a boat electrofisher.
Two private corporations are the financial sponsors of the project: Eli Lilly and Company and Duke Energy.
The results show that the Wabash River still contains a high diversity of fish species. Pollution problems that were present in previous decades and resulted in fish kills are reduced.