What do you think?
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05/12/10 at 5:39 PM
This is a terrific initiative. Great to see Canberra institutions getting out of their ivory towers and working with real people in real Australia! Great work Australian Museum!
05/08/10 at 12:53 PM
Thanks Kate and thanks to everyone else who has commented on the site. We'll certainly preserve this information for the future.
If anyone would like to do a similar project in their community, we'd be happy to share how we did this one and to link to new projects. It would be great to create a network of water quality projects right across Australia.
Web Manager, National Museum of Australia
05/08/10 at 09:08 AM
What a terrific community project. There should be more like this from our public institutions. Reading all the entries from people around the country is inspiring as well as informative. This could be a very important time capsule for generations to come. Climate change and water management are the most pressing issues facing us. We all need to do our bit.
22/06/10 at 05:47 PM
great site folks well done
05/06/10 at 01:41 PM
Snap! What were the chances that we'd be posting at the same time? I received the same email. Great project people. Well done. It makes my little efforts feel like they're part of a much bigger picture. It would be good to repeat this in 5yrs then 10yrs etc and compare the results. This is a terrific snapshot. Hey Davi, never argue with a wombat ha ha (you know what I mean)
05/06/10 at 01:35 PM
PS apologies for the spelling errors in my previous post!
05/06/10 at 01:34 PM
I received an email suggesting I look at this site. As I am very much involved in natural resource management at local government level, projects like this one areborh educational and inspirational. I'm actually thinking of doing something similar in our community. What a great project and hats off to all involved.
03/06/10 at 01:38 PM
Hi Ms Shergold and Dane
I'm Dave Arnold the education manager at the National Museum of Australia. I'm delighted you have found the website really useful and engaging. We had hoped that it would be seen by many schools and used in their programs.
I'm not sure if you also saw the unit of work we produced recently on the Murray Darling Basin - there's a link to it from the Bottles section of the NMA website... just click on 'Education resources'.
02/06/10 at 08:53 PM
Thanks Dane for showing us this website during class. 4G have been participating in a project that looks at the environment. We started with water and Dane used this website in his presentation. The whole class enjoyed it. Let me thank the Australian Museum and everyone involved in this project. There's a lot of information on the web about the scarcity of water but none are presented in a way that my class found very interesting. They all wished they could have been a part of this project!
01/06/10 at 06:55 PM
We were asked to do an essay on water and this website has been graet for my hoemwork. Thank you Musuem and evryone who did thisa. I even showed my teacher and she reckons its really cool!! :)
29/04/10 at 09:04 AM
What a great project! Well done ACT Waterwatch and the Museum. There should be more partnerships like this one. I enjoyed really all the reports from communities. It's great to see how locals are involved in their environment and how the Museum is celebrating that. This is really a timecapsule for future generations.
25/04/10 at 07:12 PM
Since this project has become public, Oakey Creek at Bowenville Reserve has revealed that the salinity recordings dropped by 2/3rds from 1500ppm down to 500ppm. Just after the original samples were mailed through for the project the treated water from the upstream treatment plant based outside Toowoomba have been piped to commercial interests instead of being dumped into the Gowrie Creek feeder stream. The headwaters for the MDB in this system now relies on natural runoff mixed with urban discharge.
The team from Oakey Freshwater Fish Stocking Assn. would like to thank all groups and individuals that are involved with this project.
Doug from WA
09/04/10 at 01:54 PM
This is very impressive. Great to see a Federal organisation in Canberra like the National Museum and Waterwatch working in collaboration. This kinda thing makes Museums more relevant to the real world!
09/04/10 at 11:53 AM
Bottles from the Basin is a wonderful initiative in allowing volunteers for our water environment to have a national (and international) voice. The project gives viewers to opportunity to learn what is happening with water quality right across the Murray-Darling Basin. To see so much goodwill and commitment shown by the water gatherers is stunning.
08/04/10 at 09:22 PM
Wow, this is great. How fun to see what everyone is up to. Thanks for allowing the Majura Mountain Joey Scouts to participate.
08/04/10 at 04:27 PM
Having read some of these stories I am SO impressed by the hard work of ordinary Australians everywhere who doing the best for their river bank/ water supply/ water quality. There's a lot to be learned from this breadth of experience.
Tanya Rucosky Noakes
07/04/10 at 04:35 PM
ACT Waterwatch deeply enjoyed working on this project, and contributing to it. It was a real delight to see the hard working volunteers of the region at their special sites with a national platform upon which they could talk about water quality issues that affected them.
When ACT Waterwatch came to this project we were hoping it would be a vehicle through which our project could connect with others doing similar work. We hoped we could all learn from each other and expand our perspective from the local to the national at a grassroots level. In this the NMA has succeeded admirably!