Waterwatch Adelaide

Waterwatch is a water quality monitoring initiative established in 1992 through which people in the community are actively involved in monitoring the health of local waterways and catchments.

In the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region, Waterwatch was run by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board through the NRM Education program.

The Waterwatch program in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region has now been replaced by the Engaging with Nature program, which expands upon the water monitoring activities to also include terrestrial monitoring and taking action components.

This website is currently only being maintained as a warehouse for the large range of historical resources that were developed to support the Waterwatch program. If updated or new resources are developed by the NRM Education program to support Engaging with Nature and other education and community action for sustainability, the old resources will be removed from this site. The new resources can be found on the main NRM Education website.

For more information about natural resources management in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region, please visit the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Management Board website.

The Importance Of Wetlands

Wetlands are among the most important and productive ecosystems on Earth, providing habitat, water and an abundant food source for a diverse range of animals including birds, frogs, invertebrates and fish. Wetlands become refuge areas for plants and animals in times of drought and are nurseries for fish and migratory bird populations. As water travels slowly through a wetland, a number of different processes occur which help to improve water quality and the overall health of a catchment area.

In the past, most wetlands were viewed as wastelands and were often reclaimed for farming, housing and other land uses. Today we understand the vital functions of wetlands and better appreciate their environmental, social and economic value and significance. Governments and communities all over the world are involved in wetland management, conservation, restoration and construction projects.
Wetland environments have a variety of important functions in natural and urban areas including:

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Water detention
Improving water quality
Flood control
Erosion control
Groundwater aquifer recharge
Coastal buffer zones
Natural fire breaks
Education
Eco–tourism
Recreation
Cultural significance

Significant Wetlands in South Australia

The Australian Conservation Council, in collaboration with Commonwealth and State Governments, created A Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia (1993). Of the 520 nationally important sites, 43 were in South Australia . By 2001 the directory expanded to recognise 851 wetlands, with 69 of those in South Australia . Other wetlands are being identified and added to the directory. To view sites or find out more go to: www.deh.gov.au/water/wetlands/database/index.html

In South Australia , the Department for Environment and Heritage and the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation have developed the Wetland Strategy for South Australia (2003), which ‘provides a framework for promoting the health, diversity and productivity of our wetlands into the future.’ To find out more go to: www.environment.sa.gov.au/biodiversity/pdfs/wetlands/wetlands_strategy.pdf
Significant Wetlands around the World

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is an international treaty adopted in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran. Its broad aims are ‘to halt the worldwide loss of wetlands and to conserve, through wise use and management, those that remain’. There are currently 1369 wetlands around the world, protected by the Ramsar convention, and more are being added. To find out more about Ramsar sites in South Australia and worldwide go to: www.ramsar.org/

What is an aquatic macroinvertebrate?

Aquatic + Macro + Invertebrate = Aquatic Macroinvertebrate

Aquatic is another word for water. The macroinvertebrates in this section are the ones that spend some or all of their lives in fresh water. Macro means they are big enough to see with your eyes, and an invertebrate is an animal without a backbone. Some are soft and squishy, some have a hard skeleton on the outside of their body and others live in shells!

Aquatic macroinvertebrates range from insects and crustaceans to molluscs and worms, and are a vital part of the food chain in aquatic and terrestrial environments. They help to break down leaves, bark and twigs that fall into the water, and can even change their environments by moving soil, sand or pebbles around. Scientists can use the number and types of aquatic macroinvertebrates in a waterway to determine how healthy it is.

Native Vegetation

Understanding native vegetation
Concepts
Introduction to the descriptive terminology used for describing natural groupings of plants
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What is involved in garden landscaping

Garden landscaping is an art and it plays an important role to enhance the beauty of outside areas. Gardening is leisure and a professional activity.  Landscape enhances the beauty and it’s a good solution to manage the cost in an efficient way. It should not dull and boring it needs to be groomed to give a good impression.

Services of Garden Landscaping

Landscaping a garden depends upon different factor like the size of a garden, the style and theme, location, etc. A local landscaping Melbourne services include maintenance of the garden that keeps the outside space of the garden and landscape in a good way. These services are as follows:

  • Planting a New Lawn
  • Designing and Creation
  • Drainage Systems
  • Lawn, Landscape and Garden Maintenance / Care
  • Cutbacks
  • Mowing and Trimming
  • Paving
  • Naturally sourced material
  • Expert advice and work
  • Shingling and Wood chipping
  • Leaf Cleaning
  • Landscape Designing and Installation
  • Soil Maintenance
  • Water features
  • Wild Flower Meadows
  • Turfing
  • Planting
  • Hardscapes Deck, Fence and Rockeries
  • Hedge pruning and cutting
  • Tree Surgery/ Services
  • Decking
  • Irrigation
  • Watercourse Redirection
  • Installing street and Park Furniture
  • Themed area maintenance
  • Seasonal Containers and Colors
  • Soil Testing
  • Landscape Lighting
  • Fencing etc.

 

Designing the Outdoor Spaces

The outside appearance makes a clear reflection of the surrounding areas so it must look best always. The outdoor space designed in a way to give a pleasant experience to spend time and get relax. The designing plays an important role in good quality services to maintain a garden. A beautiful outdoor landscape can enhance the beauty and can increase the value of your property home or a business. Mostly the designing of the gardens is done by some professionals and experts. The following steps will be helpful for designing the outdoor space.

  • Outdoor spaces are as important as the interior part. Manage the sitting area to handle when overcrowded.
  • Decorating the outdoor of a garden is a creation that stays season to season and year to year. Some people come to enjoy the nature of landscapes.
  • Plant some trees and shrubs in the garden. Trees can block the heat of sun and water drainage. They provide shade for the surface and these are aesthetically pleasing to a person.
  • Use some native plants to beautify the garden. It can also save time and money.
  • The indoor and outdoor spaces must be connected with the theme. If your garden is small set the inside and outside interior that it looks larger
  • Adding colorful flowers in a garden enhance the looks. Choose the colors effectively.
  • Use lights at night to enhance the beauty. Outdoor industrial pendant lighting can bring a huge difference in the garden’s look even when plants are lighted they looks really beautiful. The LED light plants are more effective to give an elegance look.
  • Fencing is also a good idea to add up beauty, but it may quite costly.

 

Building Gardens in a Beautiful Manner.

Making innovations in garden landscaping can enhance the outside looks very pleasant. Beautifying the garden is most important as it give the first impression to the visitors. To keep your gardens beautiful and durable follows the steps:

  • Collect your gardening tools and gloves to start planting. Be aware for the cleaning of the plants and their post to avoid from diseases. First check the soil properly.
  • Keep the garden hydrate to save the plants and flowers. Don’t overgrow plants and shrubs in a garden it may not give you a pleasant look. So make a careful selection of plants and colors. You can also grow vegetables of your interest. Grow beautiful flowers like rosemary, jasmine to get a pleasant fragrance in your garden.
  • Maintain the lawn properly the lawn grass needs to be in control never dirty or too high. Water the grass properly doesn’t let it dry.
  • Keep growing and planting new flower beds and shrubs with different shades and properly seed them to grow. Provide shade for the plants when heat strikes. You may hire a landscape garden for guidance.
  • Bringing new life is good to grow the garden by adding fresh plants, seeds and shrubs.
  • Maintain the garden trees that really need care. Feed plants properly and spray the oil to keep them save.
  • Fencing, decking and gardening furniture also adds beauty make a good selection. The overall look must match to the theme it doesn’t look odd.