6pm Monday May 26th Cyber Café, Kuranda
Have a talk with any elders in the area and you will hear stories of beautiful clean water of the Barron River – ‘in the olden days’…
The river has been on quite a journey since then, with erosion from land-clearing for chemical agriculture including tobacco farming, which has left long-lasting heavy metal contaminants in riverside soils, mining, run-off from live-stock, house-hold and industrial waste, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, feral animals etc etc.
- What is the current state of the water in the Barron River catchment and our drinking water?
- How does the water quality change with rainfall and drier times?
- What are the health problems that have been reported in relation to the water?
- What sort of tests are done for what sort of chemicals and pollutants?
- What is being done at the moment to clean up the whole of the Barron River catchment?
- What funds/programs/resources are available to access to do this?
- What are the cutting-edge environmentally responsible methods used around the world for
- cleaning water catchments?
Join Jenny Jensen to discuss these and other water issues from 6pm on the 26th of May 2014
Photograph of the Barron River by Jon Gleu