Three Mid North families are working together to care for the Appila Springs.
In 2007 Valmai George, June Jenkins and Bob Arthur began formally monitoring and documenting the health of the Appila Springs.
The Applia Springs start in the Tarcowie hills where the aquifer comes to the surface, bubbling up amongst rocks and weeds. The water then trickles down through a creek system and pools at picturesque Appila Springs.
Ann-Louise George undertook study in environmental science at university and often returns home to Appila to help her mother and the group with their water care project.
"It is great to undertake monitoring, especially over a prolonged period of time, so that you can reflect upon results and look at cyclic events that might change the quality of the water " Says Ann-Louise.
The group formed with the support of the national Waterwatch program; a scheme set up to help with the costs associated with water monitoring. Waterwatch support is no longer accessible.
"We are looking at ways to recommence water monitoring programs" says Jennifer Monroe of the Crystal Brook NRM Board.
The George family and June Perkins shared their story through the ABC Open Water Is Project. Do you have a good photo or story about water? Get in touch with you local ABC Open producer to get involved.