National Science Week begins on Saturday and it’s a great chance for Australians to reflect on the contribution science makes to our lives. As a Catchment Care Association, BCCA rely heavily on science on a day to day basis to understand the complexity of agricultural productions systems, the dynamics of ecosystems, the social aspects of catchment management, and the catchment system as a whole just to name a few. So it is was pleasing to find that during Science Week that the ABC, eWater, CSIRO, the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and National Science Week, saw fit to develop an online simulation game to allow everyone to have a go at catchment management from the comfort of their own home. Visit ABC Catchment Detox to give the game a trial. Below is a quote from the game’s website.

Play Catchment Detox to see if you can repair a damaged river catchment and create a sustainable and thriving economy.It’s an online game where you’re in charge of the whole catchment. You get to decide what activities you undertake – whether to plant crops, log forests, build factories or set up national parks. The aim is to fix environmental problems and provide food and wealth for the population.Managing Australia’s waterways is a huge challenge with climate change, increased demand for water and environmental problems putting our rivers under stress. Catchment Detox gives an idea of just how difficult it is to manage a river catchment.Are you up for the challenge?

So from the 16 – 24 August enjoy National Science Week and take a moment to reflect on the role science plays in Catchment Care.

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