Education and Resources
Here you will be able to find more information and resources about what Council is doing to protect our waterways and how you can take action.
What can I do?
Join a Streamwatch group
Streamwatch is a citizen science water monitoring program that enables community groups to monitor the quality and health of local waterways. It started in 1990, and to date there have more than 1,100 Streamwatch groups at over 1,060 sites across Sydney Water’s area of operation.
Streamwatch allows us to closely monitor waterway health so we can act as soon as possible when water quality starts to decline. It’s also a great way to empower our community to make a difference in protecting our waterways.
Blacktown has 2 Streamwatch sites which are run by schools:
- Breakfast Creek, Harvey Park
- Middle Lalor Creek, Twin Gums Reserve
If you would like to start your own Streamwatch group please contact Greater Sydney Landcare via firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can your school get involved?
'Slow down stormwater' schools competition
Blacktown City Council is running a schools competition to encourage students to develop plans to reduce stormwater pollution at their schools and across Blacktown City.
There will be 2 competition streams, each with a prize worth $3,000.
The school with the best:
- Blacktown City-wide stormwater pollution reduction plan will win a $3,000 planter box raingarden fully installed at their school
- school site stormwater pollution reduction plan will win their choice of either a $3,000 raingarden fully installed at their school or $3,000 towards implementing their winning plan.
The 5 runner-up schools will win either a waterbug survey kit or a water quality monitoring kit valued at up to $650 each.
Download the competition guidelines(PDF, 141KB) and application form(DOCX, 64KB).
Applications close on 5pm Friday 17 September 2021.
Primary School Excursions
Brewongle Environmental Education Centre, in partnership with Blacktown City Council offers geography excursions to Blacktown Showground for local stage 2 and stage 3 students to learn about stormwater and how we can protect our waterways.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the excursions have been cancelled until further notice. However, a virtual excursion for stage 2 students has been developed. You can find it here.
Please email Brewongleemail@example.com to find out more.
High School Stormwater Teaching Resource
Sustainable Schools NSW, in partnership with Blacktown City Council has developed a stormwater teaching resource for local stage 4 students.
This resource is aligned with Stage 4: Humanities and social sciences/geography, science, mathematics and English K-10 Australian and NSW syllabuses as well as cross curriculum priorities. It’s designed to help teachers achieve this while providing flexibility so teachers can use it for a single lesson or for an entire unit.
Click here(PDF, 6MB) to download the resource.
This is a new initiative and we welcome your feedback to guide further development. Please email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blacktown City Council produces an annual Waterway health report card which complements the high school stormwater lesson package.