MORNINGTON PENINSULA CATCHMENT WORKSHOP FUN!
We had a fantastic day for our Mornington Peninsula Catchment Workshop this week and managed to dodge the rain and have a beautiful calm day! Ambassadors began the day at Narambi Reserve with Mandy explaining how the stormwater drains lead to the litter catchments to trap litter as from flowing into our creeks, rivers and ocean. The awesome folks from Greenworks explained the huge costs associated with our waste such as for staff and transport to collect the litter from traps all over Melbourne. They then lifted the litter bags from the traps to show Ambassadors the huge volumes of litter discarded in our parks and streets.
Ambassadors then participated in a Healthy Waterways Workshop which included a water pollution testing lesson, and a hunt for macroinvertebrates in the reeds of the watershed with a focus on pollution tolerance. Ambassadors learned how important wetland filtration systems are to trap the pollutants that are not caught in the litter traps such as oil, and chemicals from our lawns when grass clippings and leaf litter are blown into gutters.
After lunch we headed to Mornington foreshore for a litter collect, sort, and report session focusing on the sources of litter, and how to report collections. We finished the day off with a frog identification lesson looking at how the different types of frogs help determine the health of local environments alongside the issues they face such as pollution and land clearing.
We would like to thank our fabulous partners at the Mornington Peninsula Shire, the awesome folks from GreenWorks and Melbourne Water, and of course the ISIC teachers and parent/carers for transporting the Ambassadors to the Workshop.