Today's blogger: Megan LeRoy
Another beautiful day in the mountains. Today we got a chance to hit the water in a row boat and take some water samples within two reservoirs. We tested the water for pH, EC, temperature, turbidity and aquatic organisms. One of the reservoirs is the water supply for the nearby cities and villages and was once so acidic from acid rain pollution it killed all the fish. The other reservoir is a back-up water supply, not yet connected, so is used for recreation. We also did some stream and rain gauge sampling to test for the same parameters as mentioned. At the end of a tiring day some of us took a dip in the reservoir, which was very refreshing after another warm day. We also picked some wild blueberries which grow throughout the mountains - yum! After returning to the village we walked to the local swimming pool which was very busy and got some drinks. Tonight, Bridget from Australia gave a presentation on her role as a water educator for Barwon Water in Victoria. There was much discussion to follow. We are all tired tonight but have been very much enjoying the experience!