Stream study illustrates big pollution problem

Posted at 1:07pm Wednesday 03 Jul, 2019

Amelie Che with fishing line that was among the litter found on the beach. The stream's water clarity was tested.

A group of 40 Year 8 students from Wentworth College got out in the field with scientists last month, assisting with studies into water quality and habitat in Stanmore Bay Stream.

The work took place under the guidance of Sarah Dimitrijevic of Whitebait Connection.

The results are being used in the Hibiscus and Bays inanga/whitebait spawning project which is funded by a grant from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board.

Global Perspectives teacher Sharon Addis says it was an opportunity for students to have hands-on fieldwork experience and begin to understand how human actions impact on our local environment and the species that live there.

The students also did a beach clean up along Stanmore Bay with a focus on looking closely for microplastics – pieces of plastic less than five millimetres long – which can be harmful to aquatic life. In one hour they filled three icecream containers, which demonstrates the enormity of this environmental problem.


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