Wa­ter­ways healthy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MOSS­MAN State School se­nior stu­dents water-au­dited their school and tested the qual­ity of Moss­man’s water sup­ply as part of Water Watch Day.

Year 6 and 7 stu­dents spent a day down by Moss­man River re­cently with Reef Guardian, Earth Smart sci­ence vis­i­tors scoop­ing in­ver­te­brates, col­lect­ing water sam­ples and tak­ing it back to school to per­form a water health check and ri­par­ian veg­e­ta­tion sur­vey.

Teacher Sam Ed­wards said the stu­dents en­joyed con­duct­ing the tests us­ing mi­cro­scopes and learn­ing about what they can do to look af­ter our wa­ter­ways.

“They were re­ally en­gaged and were able to bring back sam­ples and put macro in­ver­te­brates un­der the mi­cro­scope and learn about life cy­cles and the ecosys­tem- there was plenty of life down at our river,” she said.

“It was like a com­mu­nity event with the dif­fer­ent groups band­ing to­gether to put a day on for the chil­dren to learn about look­ing af­ter our wa­ter­ways and water catch­ment area.

“They had to asses if the water was healthy by look­ing at the rub­bish and pol­lu­tion and find out the qual- ity of the water - they dis­cov­ered our wa­ter­ways are healthy.”

Af­ter test­ing the ph lev­els, dis­solved oxy­gen, tem­per­a­ture and tur­bid­ity of water from sam­ples from Moss­man River, Ti­na­roo Dam, Petersen Creek and Fresh­wa­ter Creek, the stu­dents joined a Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil of­fi­cer and a plumber on a water au­dit to find out where a cus­tomer was wast­ing water.

For home­work the se­nior pri­mary school stu­dents took home a kit each to water au­dit their own houses with their par­ents to en­cour­age water con­ser­va­tion.

Health check: Moss­man State School stu­dents mon­i­tor the river

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