Fish Snapshot and Water Quality Monitoring

The Kedron Brook Catchment Branch recently hosted an exciting and educational event focused on our ongoing efforts to monitor health of Kedron Brook’s aquatic ecosystems adjacent to West Arana Leagues Football Club. Held on Sunday 10th March 2024, we try and do some every year, but increasing instability of our weather patterns has been challenging; muds or floods! This involved laying out a 40m transect line, put in fish traps, observe bank and stream condition and test water quality.

Fish Snapshot Survey

Our small team of volunteers embarked on a journey to document fish species residing in Kedron Brook. Equipped nets, buckets, and identification guides, attendees waded into water and explored various habitats along brook. From native species like iconic Australian Smelt to elusive freshwater turtles, each discovery provided valuable insights into biodiversity of our local waterways.

The highlight of fish snapshot survey was opportunity for participants to observe firsthand delicate balance of life in brook’s ecosystem. Through close observation and careful handling, everyone gained a deeper appreciation for importance of preserving and protecting these vital habitats for future generations.

Water Quality Monitoring

In addition to fish snapshot survey, volunteers also had chance to engage in hands-on water quality monitoring activities. Equipped sampling kits and testing equipment, volunteers collected water samples from multiple locations along Kedron Brook. Under guidance of our experts, they tested parameters such as pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and nutrient levels to assess overall health of aquatic environment.

By actively participating in water quality monitoring, attendees gained a better understanding of factors influencing water quality and importance of ongoing conservation efforts. The data collected during this event will contribute to our long-term monitoring program, guiding future management decisions and initiatives aimed at protecting Kedron Brook’s precious water resources.

Community Engagement and Collaboration

The success of this event would not have been possible out enthusiastic participation of our volunteers. Their dedication to environmental stewardship and passion for preserving Kedron Brook’s ecosystems are truly inspiring. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed their time, energy, and expertise to make this event a success.

At Kedron Brook Catchment Branch, we are committed to fostering a sense of community and collaboration in our conservation efforts. Events like this serve as valuable opportunities for individuals to come together, learn from one another, and make a positive impact on world around us.

Join Us for Future Events

If you missed out on this event, don’t worry! The Kedron Brook Catchment Branch regularly hosts a variety of community events, workshops, and field surveys throughout year. Whether you’re interested in birdwatching, tree planting or citizen science projects, there’s something for everyone to get involved in.

Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates on upcoming events and opportunities to join us in our mission to protect and preserve Kedron Brook and its surrounding ecosystems. Together, we can make a difference!