Let us bug you about water
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
WATER WISE: A water testing site in Kangaroo Creek shows how to help monitor the health of local waterways.