2012 Bunya to Bay – 11 September update
The River ambassadors have spent a couple of days at Strong’s campsite at Wivenhoe Pocket. Here they set up camp and were able to explore this reach of the river well.
On Sunday the students became teachers as they and their families gathered at Wivenhoe Dam for a family day. After a look at the dam and some of the history of the area they continued their water testing activities and showed their parents what in fact was important about water quality. They also helped their parents and siblings discover the marvels of macroinvertibrates and how important they are in indicating water quality.
Along the way Seqwater staff working co-operatively with the great staff from Education Queensland and the Stanley River Environmental Centre have assisted the ambassadors to learn about water quality monitoring, pest fish and native fish ,water treatment, macro invertibrates, erosion in the catchments and the various catchment creatures.
Each student will prepare a report on their journey and many have chosen interesting topics including, pest fish and their management, macroinvertibrates, human impacts on the catchments and river and erosion and its effects.
Two of the ambassadors originally from Afghanistan and Ethiopia will compare the Brisbane River with rivers in their own countries.
Each evening the students have been able to access the internet through the use of a remote access trailer fitted with satellite dish and laptop computers. Schools from across Queensland have been able to follow the journey through the Education Queensland Learning Place.
Follow the 22 River Ambassadors, who will be exploring the Brisbane River. Their journey will begin on Sunday September the 2nd. For 16 days they will hike, bike, canoe and sail their way through South-East Queensland's largest catchment. They travel from the source to Fort Lytton at the mouth of the Brisbane River.
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