Merri Creek Management Committee

Antonie Year 3Turbidity larger sizeYear 3 students from Antonine College in Coburg enjoyed learning about the health of Merri Creek by testing the turbidity (muddiness of the water) during a field trip in East Brunswick recently. Water samples from Merri Creek were analysed and it was discovered on that day at least, the creek turbidity was relatively low and considered quite good for ecological heath.

However student testing samples of Merri Creek water from back in June 2018, taken after recent rainfall, showed considerably higher turbidity levels and a poor result for ecological heath.  Much of this elevated turbidity is most likely due to widespread disturbance of soils in the upper catchment, where new urban development is taking place. Stormwater and pollution impacts on plants and animals were discussed and students had some interesting ideas on how the turbidity levels could be reduced, including adding large filters to our stormwater drains!

Antonine turbidity


Photo: Antonine College students learning how to measure turbidity with a turbidity tube.

Merri Events Calendar

24 Apr 2019;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday volunteers - Re-scheduled to 1/5

26 Apr 2019;
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Frogs of Fawkner

28 Apr 2019;
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Woody Weed Whacking, Bababi Marning #1 in 2019 - Campbellfield - Friends of Merri Creek

30 Apr 2019;
06:30PM - 07:30PM
What frogs live in Lalor?

01 May 2019;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday Volunteers - Friends of Merri Creek

04 May 2019;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Friends of Merri Park Litter Clean-up – Northcote