We started at Brewongle with an overview of the day and of the River Catchment which would be studies, the Hawkesbury River. Then we went back on the minibus to take the 5 minute trip to the study location on the Hawkesbury River.
All the students participated in an erosion assessment of the river bank on the part of the Hawkesbury River that we were using as our study site.
Then the students were split into 2 groups. One group went with the lecturers from UWS out on the boats to use equipment to measure width of the river, turbidity, chemical and nutrient levels in the water.
The other group stayed at the study site and volunteers put on waders and went out into the water and using rope, nets and bottles collected plankton species that were used after lunch to view under the microscopes to evaluate the biodiversity of species in the Hawkesbury River.