If you haven’t heard the news, then here’s the scoop – it’s water, not diamonds or gold, that is the world’s most precious commodity.
We have to look after what little we have and that means taking care at the source.
Do you live near a creek or stream that looks in poor shape? Are you interested in caring for our water places? Are you in an urban area where stormwater run-off is going into a stream or the ocean?
A new course starting at Byron Community College can help you do something to restore our waterways and fish habitat and increase ‘blue carbon’.
Cate Coorey is running the course and says that many of our beautiful creeks and rivers are seriously degraded through development and historic land-use practices.
Cate will be joined by Mary Gardner PhD who inspired Cate to create this course. There will be other guest presenters joining them along the way.
Blue carbon coastal ecosystems
Blue carbon coastal ecosystems — such as mangroves, seagrass meadows and tidal wetlands — are named for their place at the boundary between land and sea, and their unmatched ability to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it in the ground below at a greater volume than terrestrial trees and up to 40 times faster.
‘The improvement of coastal systems starts with the regeneration of our creeks, drain and streams before they flow to the sea,’ says Ms Coorey. ‘The course looks at the world of water around us – from rural settings to urban waterways, and drains travelling down to our coastal estuaries.
‘It is also about taking action to improve these waterways and restore biodiversity.
‘We will be looking at different water sites around the Shire – some that need love and some great projects to inspire.’
Ms Coorey says that many people see water places that are in poor shape but don’t know how to do anything about it.
‘This course can give people practical hands-on skills and knowledge to do something to restore their local watercourse,’ she said. ‘In this short course you will learn how to determine the quality of your waterway and gain knowledge and experience in the steps to fix it; in the process restoring aquatic plant and animal life, drawing down some carbon and healing the planet. Prepare to get your boots muddy!’
The course starts this Friday, October 25, and is subsidised by the NSW Government.
For more information contact Cate Coorey on 0402 315 345.