This Week 2016-Nov-22 Platypus Project : Macroinvertebrate Sampling

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Due to some planning issues, the Go Kart evening scheduled for this week has been postponed until until a more successful cost/attendance option can be arranged.

WHAT ARE WE DOING THEN?
1st Eltham Venturers have a “VENTURERS ENVIRONMENT PROJECT – Platypus Habitat” which has not progressed very far over the last 12 months. This project allows scope for Venturers to work toward their Environment tapes at both Venturer Award and Queen’s Scouts level.

Why sample macroinvertebrates?
Macroinvertebrates are useful indicators of the health or condition of wetlands and other water bodies. They respond to many kinds of pollution, including chemical pollution and physical disturbance to the landscape around the site, wetland structure, and hydrology.

This week we will sample and test some water samples from our “bad” test site in Eltham, we will see if the macroinvertebrates can tell us a story about the location the water samples were taken, how good the water quality might be and if the area might be good habitat. If you haven’t used the water quality chemical testing kits, it would also be a good night to give them a test.

MEETING START: 7:30 pm sharp
MEETING CLOSE: 9:30 pm
LOCATION: Hall
ORGANISER(S): Darren

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