17News received this viewer video taken over the weekend at Wind Wolves Preserve.
According to SkyTEM’s website, the chopper is carrying a tool that captures electromagnetic data from the air. This data looks at aspects of the landscape – like minerals, water, soil.
And all of this is part of a United States Geological Survey, or USGS. These governmental studies are often done to look out for hazards on the land or infections in the water.
They can also be used to inform engineering, mineral exploration, and ways to use natural resources like oil and gas.
Wind Wolves told us they were aware the survey was being done and they believe this study was specifically to assess the water and soil type.