Sydney Water is pleased to announce a signed agreement to transfer its Streamwatch Program to the Australian Museum with four years’ funding to support community groups.
Sydney Water Managing Director Kevin Young said Sydney Water was proud to have supported Streamwatch over the past 20 years.
“We greatly appreciate the wonderful commitment of our volunteers in monitoring water quality,” he said.
“Throughout this time Streamwatch volunteers have played an important role investigating and caring for the health of the local environment“
Mr Young said the Australian Museum, with its wealth of expertise and knowledge in the delivery of science, education and research, would bring fresh enthusiasm to the Streamwatch program.
The Australian Museum is committed to citizen science programs and has a long history in documenting and tracking wildlife distributions. Water quality monitoring will provide another avenue to gather valuable data that can assist in assessments of environmental sustainability and change.
Sydney Water will remain the main point of contact for Streamwatch in its operational area until the end of December 2012. From January 2013, the Australian Museum will be the new owner of the Streamwatch Program.
Sydney Water’s Streamwatch Program for schools will conclude in December 2012. To help schools continue water education in the classroom Sydney Water provides:
- free tours and excursions to Sydney Water treatment plants
- guest presentations at schools that have completed their own water education programs or units of work
- online education resources
- water education programs and resources with other organisations including:
- workshops at large environmental education events for schools
- the Australian Museum’s Museum in a Box® series including ‘Catchments: water for living and Freshwater in a box’
- the Powerhouse Museum EcoLogic Exhibition.