Let us bug you about wa­ter

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

A WORK­SHOP in Co­huna to­mor­row will give vol­un­teers the chance to play a ‘‘big role’’ in the health of their lo­cal wa­ter­way.

The North Cen­tral Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity (CMA) will hold the ac­cred­ited event to help vol­un­teers iden­tify and record wa­ter­bugs.

“The types and amount of wa­ter­bugs in a river, creek or lake can tell us a lot about its health,” North Cen­tral CMA project man­ager Ni­cole Bullen said.

“We work with com­mu­nity vol­un­teers on a num­ber of projects to mea­sure wa­ter qual­ity, which pro­vides im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion to us, and pop­u­lates state and na­tional data­bases.”

One of those projects is River­scan, which mea­sures the con­di­tion of the Lit­tle Mur­ray River, Lod­don River, Gun­bower Creek and BoxPyra­mid Creek.

“Last year, vol­un­teer data helped give us a base­line fig­ure for th­ese wa­ter­ways, and we will soon be­gin the lat­est round of mon­i­tor­ing,” Ms Bullen said.

“Our work­shops will give lo­cal vol­un­teers the knowl­edge and skills to help col­lect data for River­scan, as well as our Water­watch pro­gram, and the up­com­ing na­tional Water­bug Blitz.

“We know our com­mu­ni­ties are pas­sion­ate about their wa­ter­ways, and we know the im­por­tance of giv­ing them the skills they need to make a dif­fer­ence.”

The water­watch and na­tive fish re­cov­ery plan River­Scan is at Co­huna In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre from 9.30am-3.30pm.

An­other work­shop (Glen­lyon water­bug in­for­ma­tion evening) is at Glen­lyon Fire Sta­tion from 6.30pm8.30pm on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27, as well as (na­tional water­bug blitz) at the Glen­lyon Gen­eral Store from 10am-3.30pm on Satur­day.

To reg­is­ter, phone 5440 1863 or email cass.davis@nc­cma.vic.gov.au

The work­shops are part of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s $222 mil­lion in­vest­ment over the next four years to im­prove catch­ment and wa­ter­way health across re­gional Vic­to­ria.

Photo: Sandy Schel­tema

WA­TER WISE: A wa­ter test­ing site in Kan­ga­roo Creek shows how to help mon­i­tor the health of lo­cal wa­ter­ways.

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