Stygofauna - think of them as blind magic prawns
- are tiny critters found in groundwater aquifers. They help to purify groundwater so it is safe for humans, animals and other living organisms to use. 90% of the Northern Territory’s water comes from groundwater sources. They are absolutely essential to healthy water supplies for all living things in the Northern Territory.
You'll hear from Professor Jenny Davis, an environmental scientist in the College of Engineering, IT and Environment, specialising in freshwater ecology at CDU. Her recent pilot survey of groundwater wells (bores) in the Beetaloo Sub-basin and Roper River region, identified as one of the most prospective regions for fracked shale gas in Australia, has discovered at least 11 new species of stygofauna.
Kirsty Howey, Co-director of the Environment Centre NT will talk about how this discovery should lead to a strengthening of protections around water and biodiversity, and show how this discovery could disrupt plans for fracking in the NT.
ECNT will be selling t-shirts and tea towels as a fundraiser for campaigning projects throughout 2021 on the night.
RSVPs required for contact tracing.