Water quality has been in the news recently, or rather the decline in quality of our rivers and streams. Clean, fresh water is essential to life. On this trip from 30 October–1 November you will see how quality freshwater drives a significant part of Lake Taupō's local economy. We'll take you whitewater rafting and fly-fishing to find out! Fresh water is highly valued by the local community here, and these values are reflected in the district plan which specifies how water and land are used.
During this trip you'll discover how the needs of industry that rely on the river are balanced with the needs of ecology. You will see how DOC works with the local hydro-electricity industry to ensure pristine freshwater environments are not adversely affected.
You will join scientists and rangers as they go about their daily work, measuring and recording water quality.
This trip fits really well with big ideas like sustainability, water, communities, food webs, environments, bugs, land use, rivers and lakes, recreation and special places. This will be a highly motivating and fun science and social science trip.
To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:
the water cycle
freshwater and freshwater quality
life cycle of trout and invertebrates
Lake Taupō lake, river and stream ecosystems
the threats to freshwater ecosystems
wai tourism such as fishing and rafting
managing the Taupō fishery
During this field trip you will:
follow Andrew's tweets on twitter
go rafting on the Tongariro River
meet DOC rangers and scientists
use light penetration to measure water clarity and count invertebrates to determine the water quality of Tongaririo River
sample and analyse fish to check their health at a remote fish trap
go on a drift-dive, floating down a local river counting trout