During 20-26th May '18, Victorians learned more about the saltiness of water in their local dams, bores, wetlands and creeks.
Over 80 salinity observations were recorded in this year’s Saltwatch salinity snapshot. Community members from Wimmera, North Central, Corangamite and Melbourne regions participated in one week of intensive sampling for the water quality parameter electrical conductivity (EC); where the EC value is proportional to the amount of salt in the water sample.
The North East Waterwatch program still has a few places left for new volunteers. We are looking to expand waterway health monitoring to uncovered priority waterways in the region and have been looking for new volunteers to monitor sites on the King and Lower Ovens, Kiewa, Mitta Mitta and Upper Murray catchments. The program would particularly like to partner with local Landcare and community groups in the target regions. Waterwatch monitoring comprises monthly water quality testing and water bug assessments (twice a year in Spring and Autumn). New monitors would be trained and provided start-up equipment. If you are interested or require more information, please get in touch with Sam Gitahi, Waterwatch facilitator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0418 145 240.
Register with River Detectives
In 2018 we are continuing River Detectives, a program to support educators in exploring local waterways with students. River Detectives is a sustainability program which inspires schools and youth groups to understand, appreciate and care for their local waterway through a variety of engaging, practical, multi-age cross-curricular activities. Registration for the River Detectives program will provide groups and schools with:
entry to an interactive website
updated data for exploration
access to ‘How to’ guides
resources and activities linked to the Victorian Curriculum (Geography, Mathematics, Science, Sustainability and more
To support the launch, we are offering a number of schools the chance for additional support in 2018, including:
a water monitoring kit for your group (on loan from March to November)
professional development sessions to help you run the activities in the classroom
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Spring rain has caused flooding in some parts of Victoria this year. Community monitors and Waterwatch coordinators have captured some magnificent images of Victorian waterways in full flow. Read more »
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