Volunteers dive in to estuary monitoring

Citizen-science projects are in high demand in the Northern Agricultural Region, and waterways of the region are looking better for it.

The NACC Healthy Estuaries project continues to go deeper into the search for data with growing interest from community members to get involved in the monitoring project.

Since August last year, Coastwest funding has supported NACC and the Department of Water to deliver the Healthy Estuaries project to engage more community volunteers in hands-on estuary monitoring. Several monitoring events have taken place at Hill and Moore River estuaries recently, and data is being uploaded to the Department of Water’s Water Information Network database.

Estuary monitoring volunteers at Moore River estuary.
Estuary monitoring volunteers at Moore River estuary.

 

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Hamish Longbottom said the project was reaching more people in the community and the level of interest in the health of our estuaries had increased.

“Volunteers are keen to know more about the “in’s and out’s” of the science of measuring estuary health and what the data is telling us,” he said.

“It’s inspiring to see so many community members getting involved and taking a responsibility for their local environment.

“NACC is currently working with multiple stakeholders to display this data in a user-friendly way which will be a valuable resource for the community.”

If you would like to join this citizen-science project, please contact Hamish at [email protected] and 08 9652 0872 or go to NACC’s Healthy Estuaries page for more information.

 The project was supported by NACC through Coastal Community Grants made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Department of Planning’s Coastwest initiative.

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