MERRI CREEK STUDY
Water programs focus on water conservation, quality, monitoring and aquatic ecosystems.
Duration of activities: ~ 50 minutes
Available for: Year 7 to 10
You can mix and match activities from two different programs.
* Starred activities should be booked concurrently as the content is closely linked
- Walk along the Merri Creek and see how it has changed over time with different uses
- Use survey techniques to assess the current health and problems for the Merri Creek
- Learn about the “Index of River Conditions”, a national system of determining the health of any given waterway
- Identify current impacts affecting the health of the creek ecosystem and discover possible solutions such as litter and weed management techniques
- Get into the science of the health of our waterways
- Use chemical and physical tests to monitor water quality (depth, temperature, speed of flow, turbidity, pH and salinity)
- Assess creek & habitat health using the data gathered
- Discuss the reasons why different results were found and what the results relate to in terms of the health of the creek
- Evaluate how healthy the creek is for plants, animals and humans
- Net for fresh-water macro-invertebrate animals living in the Merri Creek
- Learn and participate in a kick sampling technique
- Identify the aquatic organisms caught and find out how they indicate water health
- Consider the role of aquatic organisms in maintaining the health of freshwater ecosystems
- View and identify your catch through the microscopes
- Calculate the stream pollution and habitat health rating of the Merri Creek based on the pollution sensitivity of the animals found
- Discuss variables that may affect the health rating of creeks e.g. weather, temperature, sampling techniques etc.