Year 13 Geography Field Trip
On a sunny 26th February, the Year 13 Geography class set off on a field trip to the Mataura River. For our internal we researched the water quality at three different locations to identify which spot had the best place to swim.
We used the equipment provided by Environment Southland and measured the velocity, clarity, PH, temperature and macroinvertebrates in the river.
Our first site was Parawa, up near Athol, but first we made a short detour to the coffee bomb at Garston! We then visited the Riversdale bridge, and lastly Monaghan’s beach near Gore before heading home.
We found that all three of these sites had very similar water quality and was much better than we expected. We are now working on analysing our data and we predict the best spot for swimming is Riversdale because of the high water clarity, even temperature, gentle velocity, and range of macroinvertebrates indicating a healthy water quality.
Thank you to Mr Terry and Mrs Perkins for accompanying us.
Rose Perkins, Year 13 Geography class