Surfrider Foundation & Clean Ocean Foundation Join forces to Clean Up Warriewood
Surfrider Northern Beaches has joined forces with the Victoria-based Clean Ocean Foundation to undertake water testing at Warriewood Beach and is looking for volunteers to collect water samples to be included in the National Outfall Database. UNCLE HUEY WANTS YEUW!
Surfrider Northern Beaches has joined forces with the Victoria-based Clean Ocean Foundation to undertake water testing at Warriewood Beach and is looking for volunteers to collect water samples to be included in the National Outfall Database.
Operation "UNCLE HUEY WANTS YEUW!" will focus on sampling the surf-breaks at Warriewood and Turrimetta Beaches immediately after an "overflow event" occurs when partially treated effluent is released from Warriewood Waste Water Treatment Plant typically caused by heavy wet weather.
Beachwatch has carried out testing along our beaches for many years and water quality has proven to be great most of the time.
Surfrider has long been concerned about partially treated effluent outflowing from Warriewood Plant on rare occasions and by joining forces with Clean Ocean Foundation will be able to test the quality when a bypass takes place due to extreme wet weather or plant failure.
To be able to do this Surfrider is looking for local volunteers who love these beaches and who could react to a text message alert about a bypass event to get to either of these beaches and grab a sample to be sent for testing.
Clean Beaches don't happen by chance and in the case of Warriewood it'll happen through change.
The first step is to get the data then design a course of action to lessen any ill effect that may be shown to exist.
Surfrider has been working on improving water quality at Warriewood with Sydney Water for over 20 years and with some great success. Bypass events are rare, typically around 4 or 5 a year and are usually not picked up by routine testing Beachwatch undertake. We need locals to react to a text alert, grab a sample from the line-up after which it will be couriered to a lab for testing.
The workload will be light but the information gained will be invaluable so we need a little army of collectors to give us the flexibility to ensure that we are picking up samples from each and every bypass event to properly understand their likely consequences ,or indeed to realise these bypasses pose no serious threat.
Science will show us but we need volunteers to collect the samples. If you reckon you can help register by texting Brendan on 0422 900 501 or email [email protected]
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