Cit­i­zen sci­ence in ac­tion in our com­mu­nity

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Front Page -

Cit­i­zen Sci­ence has been alive and well in Glenorie for many years. One of the re­ally valu­able tools for this has been Streamwatch run by Syd­ney Wa­ter. This has en­abled school chil­dren and com­mu­nity through the Glenorie En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre to work to­gether us­ing cred­i­ble, ob­jec­tive sci­en­tific meth­ods to iden­tify wa­ter qual­ity is­sues and, with the help of Coun­cil, to find so­lu­tions. The great re­sult of this col­lab­o­ra­tion has been an amaz­ing im­prove­ment in wa­ter qual­ity over the years in Glenorie Creek.

Streamwatch in­volve­ment has en­cour­aged chil­dren and adults to de­velop cu­rios­ity about their en­vi­ron­ment and to stim­u­late an in­ter­est in Sci­ence. Some of these young sci­en­tists are pic­tured with Hornsby Shire Deputy Mayor, Coun­cil­lor Michael Hutchence, on the banks of Glenorie Creek.

The man­age­ment of Streamwatch has now moved from Syd­ney Wa­ter to the Aus­tralian Mu­seum and al­though this opens up more ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Streamwatch it also means that only adults 18 and over can be part of the pro­gram. If you want more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­grams avail­able you can view at streamwatch.org.au (the Aus­tralian Mu­seum) or tele­phone 9320 6422. Coun­cil­lor Hutchence is in­ter­ested in en­cour­ag­ing school chil­dren to be in­volved in stim­u­lat­ing and in­ter­est­ing cit­i­zen sci­ence pro­grams, some of which the Glenorie En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre is de­vel­op­ing at present.

Streamwatch­ers with Coun­cil­lor Hutchence at Glenorie Creek. Back left to right: Lilia, Alexan­dra, Brook­lyn, Etna, Ed­die, Clau­dia, The Deputy Mayor, Hornsby Shire Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Michael Hutchence Front left to right: Noah, Lenny

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