EVERYTHING you throw down the sink goes down the drain to the bottom end of the Murray-Darling Basin system – and somewhere, someone’s daughter in Adelaide gets to drink the dregs of it.
At least that was one of the major messages from one educator to the nearly 300 students who have been part of the outdoor classroom at the Peel Wetlands in Tamworth this week.
Wetlands Landcare president Beth Ross-Ward was one of the co-ordinating teachers for the annual outdoors expedition to the Peel riverine paddock off Gunnedah Rd.
She said Dubbo environmental officer Andy McQuie used his personal family story to illustrate that what goes into the river goes right down our river system and stays in our environment.
His Dastardly Drinking Water playacting is one of the workshop favourites – and the cows and a fireman, pictured, illustrated the story of their contribution to the quality of water.
Ms Ross-Ward said while cattle polluted the water with bodily functions, they also contributed through “pugging” – their hooves tear up the soil along waterways and riverbanks, showering more material into the water flow. Fires also contribute to the quality.
The three-day excursion to the great outdoors involved primary students from nine Tamworth schools.