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Welcome to miniSASS

What is miniSASS?

miniSASS is a simple tool which can be used by anyone to monitor the health of a river. You collect a sample of macroinvertebrates (small animals) from the water, and depending on which groups are found, you have a measure of the general river health and water quality in that river. 


Anyone can learn how to collect a miniSASS sample on a river. Once you have collected a sample you look for the different bug groups and score whether they were found.  The score then tells you the health class of the river, ranging across five categories from natural to very poor. 

 

Have a look at the How To page to see how easy it is. Through miniSASS you can learn about rivers, monitor the water quality of rivers within your community, and explore reasons why the water quality may not be as clean as everyone would like.

 

The most important feature of the new website is the miniSASS Map, which allows you to explore your catchment, find your river, look at any existing miniSASS results and then upload your own miniSASS results! The map also lets you explore your catchment to see the land uses and activites that might be improving or worsening water quality.

 

Get your community, school or family and friends involved in monitoring a selection of your streams and rivers. In this way a map of river health across Southern Africa will develop.  Communities can use the information and knowledge to illustrate the plight of their rivers, connect with other miniSASS samplers and investigate pollution sources.

 

Nunu of The Month

Aquatic Nunu's are part of miniSASS and here we learn about their amazing facts and interesting adaptations.

This month we look at:

 

The Flatworm

CAN YOU BELIEVE?

Planaria have their mouth at their stomach, breathe through their skin and can reproduce asexually by simply splitting in two or become two separate animals if cut in half.

What I eat: Animals

How I Breathe: Through Skin


Habitat: Benthic (bottom) dwellers or Free swimming


Water Quality: 3     /    Toleration of Pollution

 
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Latest Blog Posts

A Successful miniSASS Day with Deputy Minister Miss Rejoice Mabudafhasi
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:17 by anelileg

  South Africa’s National Water Week was on the 17th – 23rd of March 2014 and as part of the nation wide celebrations of South Africa’s water the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Miss Rejoice Mabudafhasi went to Tshikali River for a the launch of the Adopt a River Campaign. This event involved the Department […]

River Health Day launched in KZN
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:09 by anelileg

On the 7th of March a group of Groen Sebenza Pioneers from seven different environmental organisations in KwaZulu-Natal, got together to launch a Provincial River Health Day at uMngeni Valley Nature Reserve.   The large-scale programme ‘Groen Sebenza’ or ‘Green Work’ is being led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) as nominated by […]

nunu of the month: Flat Worm
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:46 by anelileg

Aquatic Nunu’s are part of miniSASS and here we learn about their amazing facts and interesting adaptations. This month we look at: The Flatworm Interesting fact: Planaria have their mouth at their stomach, breathe through their skin and can reproduce asexually by simply splitting in two or become two separate animals if cut in half […]

Nunu of the month: True Bug
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 07:56 by anelileg

miniSASS uses various aquatic macroinvertebrates to tell the river health and general water quality of the river water. One group that is considered is the true bug. Interesting fact: All bugs have piercing mouthparts. Some use these mouth parts to pierce and suck the juices out of their prey. The Nepidae use their tails as […]

SADC TFCA Park Managers and community members MiniSASS training at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:48 by anelileg

Background Fresh water is crucial for most life on earth. Water can be used for different activities such as agriculture, industries, biodiversity conservation, sanitation, domestic purposes, etc. However the amount of rainfall received by Southern Africa is decreasing because of climate change. This means that if current water resources is not managed, conserved and monitored […]

miniSASS gets profiled on the Stockholm Water Front magazine
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 06:50 by anelileg

                                                                All Waterfront articles online (www.siwi.org), and the direct link to this article can be found at: http://www.siwi.org/publication/water-quality-monitoring-in-south-africa/ (for a bigger view)  

Four-leafed Clover, Stone Flies and Miracles
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:28 by anelileg

Originally posted on River Walks:
We keep mentioning the miniSASS tests that we do during the walk. The theory behind these very simple, fun tests is that (believe it or not) river water is not ‘empty’ - it teems with life – all sorts of tiny insects live in our rivers and streams A river habitat…

Walking the Dargle – Heaven and Hell
Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:40 by anelileg

Originally posted on River Walks:
Preven begins the story… We arrived at the bridge to Khululeka where we ended yesterday’s walk, to continue our journey down the Dargle River. Here the river has gauged a deep channel in the alluvial land and her flow and depth was constant and the sediment was a thick layer…

Walking the Dargle – Rocky Horror
Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:40 by anelileg

Originally posted on River Walks:
Last night, the rain pelted down last night on the Dargle but I (Preven) was snug and fast asleep in the comfy bed at Old Kilgobbin Farm, exhausted after a tiring but exhilarating day of climbing up and down the indigenous secret forest and stream. Morning inevitably comes, mist envelops…

Recent Observations

Orange-U/S Gorge

: Mark
: GroundTruth
: 23 Apr 2014
: 6.13

Imbogozi River-Bukhosibetfu

: NkomaziEco-Schools
: WESSA
: 22 Apr 2014
: 5.13

Orange-Rudy's Diamond

: JimTaylor
: WESSA
: 22 Apr 2014
: 6.75

Howison Poort -U/S Howison Dam

: ShanaMian
: Ntsika Environmental Club
: 22 Apr 2014
: 6.33

Molweni-U/S Confluence

: NKBohata
:
: 22 Apr 2014
: 5.67

NkutuTrib-Nkuthu gardens

: NKBohata
:
: 22 Apr 2014
: 4.33

Nkutu-Valley Drive

: NKBohata
:
: 22 Apr 2014
: 6.00

Nkutu-Brackenhill Rd

: NKBohata
:
: 22 Apr 2014
: 5.67

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