Merri Creek Management Committee and the City of Darebin celebrated World Wetlands Day 2019 with a walk and talk event at Edwardes Lake and the Edgars Creek wetlands in Reservoir on 31st January. The 25 participants learned about the benefits of wetlands in reducing stormwater pollution, as important habitat for local bird, aquatic and macroinvertebate species and their role in helping our local environments become more resilient to climate change. They looked for frogs, wetland birds and waterbugs, tested the salinity levels and the muddiness of Edgars Creek and learned more about what the collected Waterwatch water quality data is saying about the health of Edgars Creek and Edwardes Lake.
Participants also learned the history of how Edwardes Lake was transformed from a stinking, polluted concrete-edged hole into the beautiful wetland system that is now a popular place for locals to picnic, play and exercise. This was made possible due to the extensive riparian planting around the edge of the lake, the construction of a wetland system that helps remove nutrient loads, and gross pollutant traps that capture water-borne litter. Community involvement was very important in making Edwardes Lake the beautiful amenity and asset that it is today.
The event was funded by the City of Darebin.
About World Wetlands Day: World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on the 2nd February to commemorate the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. Ramsar wetlands are wetlands of International significance and there are 12 Ramsar wetland sites in Victoria (Ramsar Wetlands: Commonwealth of Australia, 2018)