Community participation in river monitoring using diatoms: a case study from the Buffelspoort Valley Conservancy

  • J Taylor
  • N Pope
  • L van Rensburg

Abstract

This study was undertaken to determine the present ecological state of rivers and streams in  the Buffelspoort Valley Conservancy (BVC),  against which later potential changes in, and impacts on, water quality could be measured. After very brief training, all field work, including  site selection and sample collection, was carried out by the members of the Conservancy. All samples collected by the members of the Conservancy were of an adequate quality for analysis and yielded meaningful results. This study  demonstrates that there is great potential for the use of diatoms in community monitoring programmes, mainly due to the ease and rapidity with which samples can be collected. The participation of communities is also vital in gaining a more complete overview of the diatom species  occurring in South Africa.

Keywords: community participation; diatoms; river monitoring; water quality

African Journal of Aquatic Science 2009, 34(2): 173–182

Author Biographies

J Taylor
School of Environmental Sciences and Development (Botany Division), North-West University, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa
N Pope
PO Box 134, Mooinooi 0325, South Africa
L van Rensburg
School of Environmental Sciences and Development (Botany Division), North-West University, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa
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