School kits will help monitor river health
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.