ACT's urban waterways fare worst in annual quality survey Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatchco ordinator, Woo O'Reilly, said while the overall result was good Canberra residents latest ray ban sunglasses could improve the health of urban waterways by changing their behaviour.
"One of the issues in urban waterways is the entry of nutrients [into the environment] through leaf fall," she said. "Just picking up your leaves in autumn, mulching them and putting them on your garden can make a difference."Washing the car on the lawn, rather than flushing the water down the storm water all black ray ban aviators drain, and picking up dog poo to stop it washing into creeks rayban brillen and rivers were also good ideas."A recent survey showed many people ray ban wayfarer large aren't aware of the difference between a storm water drain and a sewer," Ms O'Reilly said."Water that goes into the storm water system ends up in the creeks and rivers, not at a treatment plant."Waterwatch volunteer Fiona Spier, who is part of a group that monitors water quality around Tidbinbilla, has a long term commitment to waterway health in the ACT.Ms Spier, who has an environmental science degree from ANU and works for a local catchment group, has been dipping bottles in creeks to take water samples for the past 20 years.The mother of two said her involvement meant her two children were growing up environmentally conscious."My son Connor, who is now nine, went on his first water quality survey trip when he was one month old," she said."He is particularly keen on the bug surveys and is very good at finding them."Canberra's worst four water reaches, according to the survey, areGungaderra Creek in Gungahlin, the Watson Wetlands, Isabella Pond near Monash, and Middle Tuggeranong Creek upstream from Isabella Pond."Middle Tuggeranong Creek earns the dubious title of the worst in the Southern ACT catchment," the report, which was released to coincide with National Water Week, said."[It] consists of a Y shaped network of two concrete stormwater channels. It could not get a positive score for riparian vegetation condition as it has none.
[The water bugs survey] revealed nothing other than a few hardy water snails and the odd blood worm."Environment and Planning Directorate director general, Dorte Ekelund, said the ACT Government had committed more than $2 million over four years to support the Waterwatch program.It is also working with the federal government to implement the ACT Healthy Waterways project which will provide new wetlands, rain gardens, ponds and channel restoration across Canberra's six main water catchments.
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