ACT Venturers Waterwatch Environment Project
ACT Venturers Waterwatch Project.
One Saturday every second month, Venturers from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) participate in Water quality monitoring of 3 creeks that form part of the upper catchment of the Murrumbidgee River. This is done for the Waterwatch Organisation, and the data from the project is combined with data from other groups to produce an annual report on the health of the catchment & waterways of the ACT. The data is used for policy development, studies on bushfire recovery and baseline environmental data.
The Venturers take measurements of pH, Conductivity, Turbidity, Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, Nitrogen and Phosphorous levels. They also make observations on the fauna & flora of the creeks and their surrounds. We make these measurements and observations On Bogong Creek, Hospital Creek and Little Dry Creek in Namadgi National Park, in the southern 2/3 of the ACT. To access the sites we need to use 4 wheel drive vehicles and get access from National Parks authorities.
The project is slated to continue in perpetuity. Plans are afoot for Venturers to run the bi-monthly activity for Scout patrols, as well as integrating it into bushwalking expeditions.
Sampling dates and participation so far include;
16/12/16; introductory training and first sampling run. 2 Leaders, 1 trainer, 1 Adult Helper, 6 Venturers
04/02/17; Three Leaders, 1 Adult helper, 7 Venturers.
08/04/17; two teams. Invertebrate survey had 1 Trainer, 1 Adult helper and 1 Venturer. Water Quality testing had 2 Leaders. 1 Adult helper and 2 Venturers.
17/06/17; 1 Leader, 1 Adult helper, 2 Venturers.
19/08/17; 1 Leader, 1 Adult Helper, 1 Rover, 2 Venturers.
18-19/11/17; 2 Leaders, 2 Adult Helpers, 7 Venturers. First Bushwalk plus 2nd Invertebrate Survey.
27/01/18; 1 Leader, 1 Adult Helper, 3 Venturers.
17/03/18; 2 Leaders, 2 Adult Helpers, 5 Venturers, 1 Scout, 1 Cub and Mr Martin Lind of ACT Waterwatch. Water testing and 3rd Invertebrate Survey.
22/07/18; 4 Leaders, 1 Adult Helper, 3 Rovers, 2 Australian Venturers, 2 Danish Venturers, 1 German Rover (Australian Venturer Age) Testing, plus World Scout Environment Information day for Australian Rovers, done in the field.