Bird

Love those bugs

Thursday 24 August, 2006
Waterwatch facilitator Glenda Woods, has recently completed a comprehensive book for identifying macroinvertebrates (water bugs).

Waterwatch facilitator Glenda Woods, has recently completed a comprehensive book for identifying macroinvertebrates (water bugs).

These are the fascinating and complex little creatures that are the indicators of how healthy our waterways and wetlands actually are.

Goulburn Broken Waterwatch has extended its macroinvertebrate surveys to twice a year, Autumn and Spring, when samples are taken from riffles in both rivers and creeks; the shallow little rapids running over small rocks in waterways.

The samples are sorted, preserved and then studied under the microscope and photographed, producing good scientific data for use in evaluation of stream health.

Sampling is being conducted by Glenda along with Waterwatch volunteers on upper Goulburn rivers and creeks and the bug book will assist in the identification to family level of the many species that live in our water.

The Waterwatch sampling program produces data in line with the requirements of the State Environmental Protection Policy (SEPP) and will be used as an indicator of the ecological health of freshwater habitats. , to compliment the water quality data already collected.

The book is in short supply, but a copy is available for perusal at the Goulburn Broken CMA office in Yea. Sites included in the booklet are from the Yea, Murrindindi, Acheron, Steavenson and Little Steavenson Rivers and the King Parrot Creek..

For further information contact Glenda Woods on 57972417

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Poppe Davis
Dryland Community Liaison Officer
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

Ph 5736 0108
Fax 5797 3199
Mob 0427 866 328