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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

10 February 2005

SA Waterwatcher earns national recognition


A pioneering member of the Waterwatch Network in South Australia has earned a national award in recognition of his outstanding work in protecting local waterways and encouraging school students to take an active interest in water conservation.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today congratulated Mike Schultz and the 13 other recipients of the National Waterwatch Awards, who were announced at a special ceremony in Melbourne last night.

"Mike is a very deserving winner of this award. He helped establish Waterwatch in South Australia, as well as the River Murray Waterwatch program," Senator Campbell said.

"Thanks to Mike's background as the head of the science faculty at Glossop High School in South Australia's Riverland, he made a great contribution to environmental education through the Waterwatch program.

"Through his involvement with the River Murray Waterwatch program, Mike arranged for 10 schools in the region to have access to water testing equipment and training through part-time coordinators. He also developed a secondary school resource titled ‘Murray Issues - A resource for environmental inquiry in secondary schools' which covered topics such as wastewater re-use and the importance of wetlands and riverbank vegetation. This great resource is still being widely used across South Australia."

Waterwatch is a national community water quality monitoring network that encourages all Australians to become involved in the protection and management of their waterways and catchments. The Australian Government started Waterwatch in 1993 in recognition of growing community concern for water quality.

"Since Waterwatch began, the number of monitoring groups has grown from 200 operating in 16 catchments, to nearly 3000 groups in 200 catchments. Around 500 sites are monitored regularly," Senator Campbell said.

"The Waterwatch network is made up of people like Mike, community groups and school groups who undertake biological and habitat assessments and physical and chemical tests to build a picture of the health of their waterways and catchments.

"I congratulate Mike for his outstanding efforts in protecting their local environments and hope his achievements motivate other Australians to become involved."

Mike was nominated for the Award by Rebecca Arnold, Upper Murray Catchment Care/Waterwatch Coordinator. He moved to Canberra in 2002 to become an Australian Government Natural Resource Management Facilitator but still has a strong affiliation with Waterwatch.

For more information on Waterwatch, visit www.waterwatch.org.au

Media contact:
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos on 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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