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Lowther Hall Nora Collisson Centre (Library): Health of Waterways
BAD RIVER - The Cooks River: Australia's sickest urban river is located in the glamorous and famously pretty city of Sydney. This makes sense, given it’s also Australia's largest, hard-surfaced, drainified, leaky-sewered, city. In a little red kayak Beau Miles decided to trace all 23km of the Cooks River, inspired to do so after paddling my boyhood river over 4 days in the name of Backyard Adventuring. Finding it not only challenging, but shocking in terms of its ill health, I’ve since shifted from wanting to see the wildest and most pristine places on earth, to the most degraded and sick. This is a journey of ill-health, sadness and hope; putting a test to the local saying, ‘if you fall in, you’ll dissolve’.
Duration: 23:36. Via YouTube.
Around the state, Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s (EPA) authorised officers and environmental scientists take water samples to detect cases of pollution and monitor the health of Victoria’s waterways. Learn about the equipment and processes involved in taking a water sample and why parameters such as salinity and dissolved oxygen are important indicators of water quality.
Duration: 2:29. Via YouTube.
In this episode, Craig Reucassel explores our reliance on single-use plastic such as plastic bottles and straws that damage our waterways and marine life.
Duration: 57:46. Via ClickView - login required.
The aim is to create a more appealing creek side environment, restore waterway health and activate open space and recreational opportunities along the creek. The project will examine a length of the most northerly concrete section of the Moonee Ponds Creek, in Oak Park and Strathmore.
Melbourne Water and the Chain of Ponds Collaboration are working with the community to reimagine a section of Moonee Ponds Creek (Brosnan Cres, Strathmore) to create a more appealing waterway, activate open space, enhance recreational opportunities along the creek and improve waterway health.
The Reimagining Moonee Ponds Creek Project is a collaboration between Melbourne Water, Moreland and Moonee Valley Councils, DELWP, Wurundjeri and the Chain of Ponds Collaboration. An exciting project to 'naturalise' a 500m section of Moonee Ponds Creek in Strathmore.
We track the condition of Melbourne’s rivers, creeks and wetlands so we’re aware of any changes – or if we need to adjust what we’re doing to look after them. Learn how we assess river health and view data for catchments across Greater Melbourne.
The Aboriginal Water Program works to better include Aboriginal people in the way water is managed in Victoria and to reconnect communities to water for cultural, economic, customary and spiritual purposes.
Water is considered by Indigenous peoples of Australia and New Zealand to be a sacred gift that is critical to their identity and existence, as well as being economically important. The protection of water is bound by traditional lore and customs, which provide a system of sustainable management ensuring healthy people while exercising custodial responsibilities to manage parts of customary estates.
The purpose of the Aboriginal Waterways Assessment (AWA) program was to develop a tool that consistently measures and prioritises river and wetland health so that Traditional Owners can more effectively participate in water planning and management in the Murray–Darling Basin.
If we really care about closing the gap we need a serious discussion about Indigenous water rights and Indigenous voices in water management. If you want to deepen your historial perspective on Aboriginal water management, this is for you.
Aboriginal Waterways Assessment is a tool that documents the way Aboriginal people value and use water, to assist in sharing knowledge, to communicate their water values, and help advocate for their needs in water management.
On a global scale, humans create around 2.6 trillion pounds of waste every year. None of this trash is harmless--landfills and dumps leak toxic chemicals into soil and groundwater, while incinerators release toxic gases and particles into the air. What can we do to keep garbage from swallowing up Earth? Reducing, reusing, recycling, and upcycling are some of the answers. Learn more about the work of the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Ocean Cleanup Array, the zero waste movement, and the many other government, business, research, and youth efforts working to solve our planet's garbage crisis.
Plastic products and packaging are integral to modern daily life. Plastic is durable, cheap, light and can be flexible or rigid, with multiple uses, however plastic is also making the planet a victim of its own success. Plastic pollution has become an epidemic, afflicting land, waterways, coastlines and oceans. Also available is an ebook.
Mention the Yarra River and you might think of the last few kilometres that cut through the city – but it’s so much more. This iconic river flows 242 kilometres from its source on Mt Baw Baw in the Yarra Ranges National Park, north-east of Melbourne, all the way to Port Phillip Bay. Get to know the river.
The Yarra River's environmental health is being put at risk due to litter, pollution and invasive species, with nearly 180 tonnes of rubbish being collected from the river system over a four-year period, a report has warned.
One of Melbourne’s largest rivers, the Maribyrnong River corridor is critical to the physical and emotional health of many communities in the west of Melbourne.
Whereas the Freshwater took the name ‘Yarra’, the Maribyrnong River was soon named the Saltwater by early settlers, due to the tidal nature of its lower reaches. The name Maribyrnong may derive from mirringgnay-bir-nong which in Woiwurrung (the language of the local Wurundjeri people) is said to mean “I can hear a ringtail possum”. The Maribyrnong River valley has been home for the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation for up to 40,000 years. Human remains dated at least 15,000 years old have been found along the river, with much older signs of human habitation also present. Thousands of cultural sites and places have been recorded, most along the river. The land and waters of this region continue to hold deep spiritual and cultural significance to the Kulin nations.