Friday, May 14, 2010

Creek Crew - Redlands

Hilliards Creek.

Head of a large eel, Hilliards Creek.

Redlands Bushcare Creek Crew visited three sites along Hilliards Creek this month to carry out water quality monitoring. The usual water quality indicators such as pH, conductivity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, temperature and salinity were recorded at each site. Aquatic species, weather, rainfall and water flow conditions were also noted. We were joined on the day by Katrina from Redland City Councils waterways team. Apart from collecting water samples for nutrient testing, Katrina answered many questions about Redlands creeks, monitoring activities and the Healthy Waterways Program. I have to say I was very impressed with the non buck-passing attitude displayed in response to current report card results. It was obvious that monitoring records were being translated to action in the field, recognising problem areas and developing strategies to improve water quality. Thanks Katrina for your knowledgeable answers.
At Fellmonger Park, our last site for the morning, some fishers were attracting schools of small and medium sized fish with torn bread. A large eel surfaced to check it out as well.

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