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Our study is in two sections. Part A concerns the development of a breeding program at school and the school wetlands while Part B concerns work in the City of Bunbury waterways.

Both sections include collecting water samples and conducting chemical and biological examination to determine water quality. The method for these procedures is explained in the following pages: Macro invertebrate count, Nitrate, Phosphate, Ammonia, Turbidity, pH , Conductivity and Salinity.

 

Part A

Newton Moore Senior High School Wetlands

  • Construct and install a tank settling system to remove iron and manganese from bore water which is used to top up water levels during summer into the breeding pond.
  • Students visit Bunbury’s Water Treatment Plant to assist with improving bore water used in breeding ponds.
  • Construct, in the school’s environmental centre, an aerated, enclosed artificial pond, to breed Western Minnow. Approx 8000L. Build this along side the Western Pygmy Perch pond so the same power source can be used.
  • Continue with rehabilitation activities in the school wetlands like removing weeds and exotic plant species, reduce litter by installing bins in the area, improve fencing.
  • Monthly test water for nutrients/wastes and sample for macro invertebrates in the breeding pond.
  • Release Western Pygmy Perch and Western Minnow into the wetland pond.
  • Continue with monthly frog trapping in the school’ wetland.
  • Students develop a web site on the Habitat program.

Part B

City Waterways

Horse shoe Lake, Dodson Lake, St Mark’s Pond, Picton; Big Swamp (East side), West Street Pumping Station, Five Mile Brook (Constitution St and Adam Rd), Hay Park wetlands, Balmoral Park .

  • Students travel by bus and regularly test water for nutrients/wastes and sample for macro invertebrates and gambusia fish in the city waterway sites.
  • Regularly remove gambusia if they are present from the proposed sites.
  • Monitor sites where Western Pygmy Perch have been released. Release more fish into approved tested sites.
  • Design and erect Information signs for the public at the release sites.
  • Release Western Minnow into city waterways when breeding population is established.
  • Frog trap at Hay Park Wetlands.

Newton Moore SHS Science department has a licence to Use Animals For Scientific Purposes, Licence No. U20/2006-2007 issued under the Animal Welfare Act 2002. This allows us to breed and transport the fish to suitable release sites.

Newton Moore SHS Science department has a licence from CALM, Regulation 17, to trap frogs and reptiles.

 

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