Year 5, Bellarine students braved the cold conditions recently and tested water quality at the storm water catchment, Peppermint Grove in Drysdale.
By testing the quality of the water, the students learnt what impact the local urban environment is having on the water, plant and animal life.
The macro invertebrate survey revealed a healthy mix of small animals that rely on the water as their main habitat.
The quantitative testing showed the students that the conductivity, turbidity and acidity were rated in the good to excellent range.
In contrast, the phosphorus test gave quite high results today, unfortunately meaning that the recent rains have washed a good deal of dog droppings and other urban sources of phosphorus into the waterways.
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