In the spring time the river Savijoki is flowing rapidly. Melting snow from all around the river basin raises the water level several times higher than it is during dry periods. The clayey soil and dominant agricultural land use in the area give the river its latte brown colour. The name ‘Savijoki’ translates to the Clay River.
With this in mind, it is unlikely the river turns crystal clear in the blink of an eye. Also, the water doesn’t get visibly clearer in the same proportion as the turbidity measured in the lab decreases, and thus it is impossible to evaluate the effectiveness of the gypsum method with a bare eye.
As time goes by, also visible evidence of the effectiveness of the pilot should emerge. Especially smaller streams of water flowing from the fields can give clear signals of the positive effect. Unfortunately, spring time and high water levels don’t necessary provide the best surroundings for these observations in the Savijoki.
Nevertheless, we wanted to go and have a glimpse of how the river and the snowmelt looked like this spring – after the gypsum application last autumn.
Here‘s what we found.
The gypsum method can’t be proven effective just with a few photographs. Nonetheless, it was encouraging to see visible hints on the positive effect we believe the method brings.
Text by Samuli Puroila, Pictures by Janne Artell.