With all of our fabulous rain recently, Melbournes gardens, parks and reserves have indulged in a well earned drink. Unfortunately the rain can cause problems for our urban waterways, including pollution and flash flooding. CERES has a wide range of water health and water flow control measures in place that contribute to the health of the Merri Creek that we sit on the banks of.
Our schools entrance area diverts water to our wetland, where it is cleaned through reed beds and forms an important resting place for migratory birds, a drinking source for local fauna and an incredibly fun educational tool for visiting school groups who do netting and water testing activities.
Our farm collects water from our main carpark and sends it through natural sand and gravel filters before it is used on our food trees.
We have rain gardens situated throughout the park that draws in water to help decrease the flows into the Merri Creek, therefore helping with flash flooding.
Our buildings are all connected to tanks, that overflow into pipes that lead to a large underground tank that flushes our main schools toilet block.
Most of the ideas and projects used at CERES can be implemented in your school, in turn helping your local waterway. Most excitingly, all of these measures can be seen, learned about and interacted with at CERES! So bring your students along to CERES and delve into the exciting world of water health and your part in it, whether you’re at the start of your journey, or your water health champions, you’ll be amazed at how many ideas your students and school can implement.
If you can’t get to us, we can come to you!
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