School kits will help mon­i­tor river health

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

THE health of the Ross River be­come a vi­tal learn­ing tool for stu­dents of Weir State School.

The school has been granted fund­ing for a wa­ter qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing kit to check the nearby river’s health.

Their find­ings into pol­lu­tion, weeds and wa­ter tem­per­a­ture will be passed on to the Townsville City Coun­cil and en­vi­ron­men­tal group Creek­watch.

The fund­ing comes from the Great will the Bar­rier Reef Marine Park Au­thor­ity’s pro­gram ‘‘ Rip­ples of Change’’, for Reef Guardian schools.

Palm Is­land schools St Michael’s and Bwg­col­man Com­mu­nity School also re­ceived fund­ing and will go into part­ner­ship with the Sea­grass-Watch or­gan­i­sa­tion to mon­i­tor sea­grass beds.

The money will buy a kit con­tain­ing mea­sur­ing tapes, books and a small cam­era to check the progress of grass.

Reef Guardian schools of­fi­cer Carolyn Luder said the mon­i­tor­ing would give the stu­dents a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity and own­er­ship of the en­vi­ron­ments.

‘‘ Their data will go to de­ci­sion mak­ers too,’’ she said.

An­nan­dale Chris­tian Col­lege, Townsville Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­tre, Townsville State High School, St Pa­trick’s Col­lege and Wood­stock State School have also re­ceived the grants.

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