Water Quality Surveying on Traditional Lands

27-Nov-2015 KASA Consulting has recently wrapped up the fieldwork phase for a study of water quality in bores, dams, wells and rock holes on traditional indigenous lands east of Menzies, WA. The study surveyed all water sources on Adelong and Pinjin stations. The work was funded by the Commonwealth Government Indigenous Land Corporation, and carried out in conjunction with the Goldfields Land and Sea Council.

KASA recruited two indigenous rangers for the project, each approved by the traditional owners of the land as being culturally appropriate to be on country. Rangers were trained in a number of water sampling techniques, and sample handling protocols.

In return KASA Consulting’s Principal Urban Sustainability Analyst, Geoff Diver, was given informal training in bush tucker, four wheel driving, the hydrology of the lands, indigenous culture and language, and camp living.

The project aims to determine a baseline water quality benchmark, and to develop a risk based water sampling regime into the future. Funding bodies have also expressed an interest in assisting with the development of a field guide for indigenous rangers undertaking water quality work on traditional lands.