River health in spot­light

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

THE health of the Lach­lan River will be de­ter­mined this week­end when a wa­ter bug blitz on the lo­cal wa­ter­way gets un­der­way.

In­ter­ested pa­trons are in­vited to Tyn­wald Park on Satur­day to take part in this year’s Na­tional Water­bug Blitz.

The event will see re­searchers in­ves­ti­gate the bug life of the river to gain an in­sight into how healthy the wa­ter qual­ity is.

Water­bugs, small in­ver­te­brates that live in fresh wa­ter, are known to have a cer­tain sen­si­tiv­ity to pol­lu­tion or wa­ter qual­ity changes in their ha­bit­ual wa­ter­way.

An in­di­ca­tion for re­searchers about the wa­ter qual­ity is of­ten mea­sured by the amount of water­bugs found in the river.

The event kicks off at 10am, with equip­ment pro­vided.

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