Would you swim in your local stream or waterway?
The Wild about NZ environmental team are gaining hands on understanding of the health of our local stream (Puketoki Reserve). Across the term, the team will be observing the human impact on the area, the stream beds, algae layers, stream shading, bank stability, water temperatures, water clarity and pH levels. Whakamarama, the future of Puketoki is in good hands!
Stacey and Tammy warmed us up on Friday 23rd February with an array of in class activities. The team are heading up to the reserve on Tuesday 27th February.
Out of all the water on Earth, saline water in oceans, seas and saline groundwater make up about 97% of it. Only 2.5–2.75% is fresh water, including 1.75–2% frozen in glaciers, ice and snow,0.5–0.75% as fresh groundwater and soil moisture, and less than 0.01% of it as surface water in lakes, swamps and rivers.
Through this scientific model, and as kaitiaki (trustee, minder,guard, custodian, guardian, caregiver, keeper) of Whakamarama, the Wild About NZ environmental team gained an understanding of caring for our surface water. Carefully the students passed a teaspoon of water around (the 0.01% of the Earth's surface water) with the aim of not dropping any (becoming polluted water). Great job team - very little water polluted!
As kaitiaki of our community resources, the Wild About NZ environmental team learned how to assess the quality of stream water. Through testing sample water from Pahoia and Puketoki, we soon realised the taonga that we had on our doorstep. Puketoki Reserve is a healthy stream with good water quality and worth protecting.
Wild About NZ Environmental Team
Wild about New Zealand is an innovative “hands-on” biodiversity investigation and action programme that provides schools and community volunteers within the Bay of Plenty the chance to help turn the tide for our native wildlife.
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