Students in Te Mihi have been learning about how external factors can affect the quality of these waterways which are important to our local ecology. They have been learning about pollutants, water quality and ways to protect the waterways.
An important component of gaining this understanding is undertaking scientific investigations of the quality of the water and stream beds themselves. The best way to do this is to visit the waterways and conduct a number of tests. So that is what we did.
Students from each class visited three local waterways:
- Hipapatua - Reid’s Farm
- A stream running near Te Aro Road in Wairakei
- Whangamata Stream
Jenny from Enviroschools was on hand with all of the necessary equipment and knowledge to support us in our analysis of the health of these waterways.
Students worked together to complete a variety of tests including velocity, conductivity, temperature, ph level, nitrate level, clarity and checking for macroinvertebrate.
It was discovered that we have some beautifully clean waterways in our area
The question now facing students is how can we ensure that these waterways are protected?