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Saltwatch Week: May 8-14

Posted in Events, Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on April 28th, 2011

8 May , 2011to14 May , 2011

Source: Sustainability News, Darebin City Council

Saltwatch is an environmental monitoring program that helps communities understand the salinity problem in our waterways. Saltwatch week this year is from Sunday 8th May – Saturday 14th May 2011.

Saltwatch began in 1987, and is Australia’s longest running community monitoring program. During Saltwatch Week (the second week of May), schools and community groups from all over Victoria can learn about the effects of salinity on water quality in their local catchment by collecting local water sources and testing with a salinity meter to determine salt content. Snapshot monitoring provides a terrific opportunity to assess the condition of our waterways at a particular point in time. The collaborative efforts of many registered groups creating a picture of salinity across the state can show changes in salinity ’hot spots’ over time, illustrate the effects of climatic changes such as the current drought, and may even pick up long term trends.

Go to the Saltwatch website to find out more.