What approaches can be used to sustainably manage water resources and reduce water scarcity?
Are the water sources at Killalea State Park at threat of scarcity or poor management?
Using mapping skills students locate significant sources of water in the park and they conduct biodiversity and water quality testing in the freshwater lagoon and ocean rock pools.
Students travel around the park observing features still present from the area’s natural past when the local Dharawal people inhabited the area, to when the area was heavily modified for farming and in its present state as a conservation and recreation area. The information gained throughout the day will lead students to decide what effect humans are having on the water sources at Killalea and worldwide.
Mapping and field sketch
Students observe an aerial Photo of Killalea and draw a field sketch -to identify the significant water sources. Students observe and discuss the processes that have formed, eg. run-off, saltwater infiltration). Description of the different ways water in Killalea was and is used by people (commercial/agricultural/industrial and recreational).
Water quality Investigations
Lagoon – abundance and diversity of macroinvertebrates / chemical and physical analysis.
Ocean - abundance and diversity of rock platform species/ chemical and physical analysis.
Beach clean up
A hands-on activity and discussion about the different ways people value water.
Overall assessment of the effectiveness of water management at Killalea and its threat of scarcity.
Key syllabus outcomes
S4 - Water in the World
GE4-1 locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments
GE4-2 describes processes and influences that form and transform places and environments
GE4-3 explains how interactions and connections between people, places and environments result in change
GE4-5 discusses management of places and environments for their sustainability
GE4-7 acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for inquiry