The Goodwill Fishermen’s Co-Operative Society Limited (GFCSL) hosted a week of activities under the theme “You change or Climate Change.” As part of this celebration, the GFCSL partnered with the National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority (NPRBA) on a water quality monitoring (WQM) exercise with twenty (20) Grade 6 students and four teachers of the Kingstown Anglican School. The WQM exercise was held on Monday 3rd June, 2019 at the Rose Place bay under the theme “Children and Climate Change.”

Ms. Twanique Barrow, Communication and Public Education Officer gave the formal introduction while Mrs. Abena White, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management Officer and Mr. Shemron Williams, Technical Officer; both of the NPRBA facilitated the practical aspect of the exercise. The students were given a first-hand experience in using the YSI® Professional Handheld Meter. This piece of equipment along with the LaMotte® Testing Kit are crucial to regular WQM program at selected beaches, rivers and recreation parks under the ambit of the NPRBA, as they provide information on important water quality parameters such as temperature, pH, dissolve oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, phosphate and nitrate.

The exercise was aimed at fostering awareness among the students on climate change impacts on water quality, the importance and reasons for WQM as well as the practical applications of WQM in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.