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10/05/18 – Celebrating 10 years of the Living Water Survey!

This year we celebrate 10 years of the Living Water Survey. Twice a year, for 10 years running, WRM have lead the Living Water Survey of Weeli Wolli Creek in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, alongside the Traditional Owners of Weeli Wolli Creek country, the Banyjima and Nyiyaparli people, and the Weeli Wolli Creek Co-management Board. The project is funded by Rio Tinto Iron Ore via the Hope Downs Joint Venture, who own and operate the nearby Hope Downs 1 mine.

In our decade-long partnership with the Banyjima and Nyiyaparli, we have monitored the health of the creek ecosystem, training the young people to sample water quality, microinvertebrates (zooplankton), hyporheos fauna, macroinvertebrates and fish, and teaching them about how the creek functions and changes from an ecological perspective. In turn, we have learned about the cultural and spiritual importance of the creek and country from Banyjima and Nyiyaparli elders, such as the legend of the Yurduba Rainbow Serpent (the guardian of the Weeli Wolli Spring and waterholes), and where and how to find the best bush tucker along the creek.

We feel extremely privileged to have spent the last decade “down the creek” with the Banyjima and Nyiyaparli people, and acknowledge their elders, past and present, for allowing us to continue to carry out this amazing survey on their country. It’s a partnership we hope to continue long into the future.

To learn more about Weeli Wolli Creek and its cultural and ecological significance, visit the Weeli Wolli Creek Co-Management Board website.


Macroinvertebrate sampling in a Weeli Wolli Creek riffle.

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Seine netting for small fish in a Weeli Wolli Creek pool.

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The fabled Weeli Wolli Spring.