Water Science

Turbidity Test instructions

This one page guide has been extracted from the full Field Manual for easy printing and sharing of the instructions for the Turbidity water quality test.

  • All, Fact sheet, Guide/activity booklet, Lower Primary, Lower Secondary, Teacher, Upper Primary, Upper Secondary, Water Science,
  • All Regions,

Electrical Conductivity Test instructions

This one page guide has been extracted from the full Field Manual for easy printing and sharing of the instructions for the Electrical Conductivity water quality test.

If your school/group uses an alternative EC meter use the following instructions; green EC meter / cream EC meter

  • All, Fact sheet, Guide/activity booklet, Lower Primary, Lower Secondary, Teacher, Upper Primary, Upper Secondary, Water Science,
  • All Regions,

Reactive Phosphorus Test instructions

This one page guide has been extracted from the full Field Manual for easy printing and sharing of the instructions for the Reactive Phosphorus water quality test.

If your school/group uses the alternative Low Range Phosphate test kit measuring phosphorus in parts per billion use these instructions.

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  • All Regions,

pH Test instructions

This one page guide has been extracted from the full Field Manual for easy printing and sharing of the instructions for the pH water quality test.

  • All, Fact sheet, Guide/activity booklet, Lower Primary, Lower Secondary, Teacher, Upper Primary, Upper Secondary, Water Science,
  • All Regions,

Temperature Test instructions

This one page guide has been extracted from the full Field Manual for easy printing and sharing of the instructions for the Temperature water quality test.

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  • All Regions,

Water Quality Data Sheet

Use this data sheet on site or at school to record your water quality data each month.  Make sure you enter your water science data online at the ‘Let’s Test and Record’ tab of this website.

  • Activity Sheet, All, Lower Primary, Lower Secondary, Teacher, Upper Primary, Upper Secondary, Water Science,
  • All Regions,

River Detectives Field Manual

This is a copy of the Field Manual you receive a version of in your water quality test kit.  If you lose your hard copy you can access it here.  Be aware that this is the full manual – some pages may be irrelevant to you depending on the equipment you have and the region you are in.

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  • All Regions,

Water Quality Rating Charts

Numbers are just numbers until you work out what they mean.  Use the regional water quality rating charts in the Field Manual to compare your readings for EC, turbidity, reactive phosphorus and pH to assess the health of your waterway.  Or find your specific CMA region rating charts below;

Corangamite CMA, Melbourne Water, North East CMA, North Central CMA, Wimmera CMA

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  • All Regions,

The Waterwatch Story

The North Central Waterwatch Program aims to increase the knowledge and skills of community, supporting them to become custodians of local waterways.  River Detectives is the school/youth based component of the program. This video will help your students understand the community of passionate people that they belong to by being a River Detective.

  • All, Video, Water Science, Waterways,
  • North Central CMA,

Riparian Zone Poster

An excellent graphic to highlight the key features of a healthy riparian zone compared to a degraded riparian zone.  Great for conversations about water quality, habitat health, land practices and shared community responsibility for the health of our waterways.

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  • All Regions,

Water Quality Results Posters

Use these posters to record and display your monthly or yearly results at a glance.  Share them with others by printing in the school / community newsletter or displaying them in the classroom, school foyer or even a local shop or community meeting place.

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  • All Regions,

pH Scale

This graphic is the perfect tool to introduce pH, explain acidity and alkalinity to students and compare your pH reading to everyday household items.

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  • All Regions,

Salinity Scale

Use this resource to check the salinity tolerances of humans, crops, livestock, compare your EC results  and understand how salinity can impact on all areas of life

 

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  • All Regions,

Salinity in our waterways poster

Use this poster to explore the issue of salinity and examine positive and negative land management practices that contribute to the issue.

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  • All Regions,

Salinity – fact sheet

Salinity refers to the movement and concentration of salt through the landscape. Find out more here!

  • Fact sheet, Lower Secondary, Salinity, Teacher, Upper Primary, Upper Secondary, Water Science,
  • All Regions,

Algae fact sheet

  • Fact sheet, Lower Secondary, Teacher, Upper Secondary, Water Science, Waterways,
  • All Regions,

Phosphorus – fact sheet

Your quick reference guide to all things phosphorus.

  • Fact sheet, Lower Secondary, Teacher, Upper Primary, Upper Secondary, Water Science,
  • All Regions,

Blackwater Fact sheet

Find out about why water sometimes turns black!

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  • All Regions,

Foam fact sheet

Find out how and why foam occurs in waterways.

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  • All Regions,

Fresh and Salty Booklet

This booklet complements the Fresh and Salty video with teacher notes and lesson plans

 

  • Catchments, Guide/activity booklet, Salinity, Teacher, Water Science,
  • All Regions,

Turbidity Fact Sheet

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  • All Regions,

pH Fact sheet

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  • All Regions,

Fresh and Salty video

Fresh and Salty is a highly engaging short animated film produced by the Wimmera CMA.  It is the perfect way to introduce the topic of salinity to your students

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  • All Regions,