River health high pri­or­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

TRUDY Klessons is among the vol­un­teers who help make Perth’s wa­ter­ways clean and healthy as part of the River Guardians pro­gram.

The Mt Pleas­ant res­i­dent is in­volved in the Dol­phin Watch pro­gram, which is a cit­i­zen sci­ence pro­gram, that al­lows peo­ple to mon­i­tor rivers as dol­phins are po­ten­tial in­di­ca­tors of river health.

“I’ve al­ways loved dol­phins and I started see­ing them reg­u­larly dur­ing my walks near Deep Wa­ter Point, so I thought it would be a nice thing to do,” she said.

“I take part in the pro­gram ev­ery time I go for a walk with my dog and if I see a dol­phin then I grab my cam­era and shoot.

Mrs Klessons and her hus­band Mike have also set up a Reel It In bin at Point Wal­ter Point, which are fish­ing line dis­posal bins that help re­duce fish­ing line and tackle around Perth’s rivers.

About 3000 peo­ple have signed up to be River Guardians since it launched in 2008 with about 1000 peo­ple trained to take part in the Dol­phin Watch pro­gram.

River Guardian vol­un­teers take art in projects as well as one-off events like plant­ing, rubbish col­lect­ing and so­cial me­dia cam­paigns.

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