Our Waterways Programs are designed to make the community and students more aware of issues surrounding water quality and understand what we can all do to improve the water flowing into Merri Creek in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and beyond.
At Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) all members of the community are welcome to join us in our creek investigations. Our local waterways are full of opportunities for learning - whether you are at the primary, secondary or tertiary stage of your education or an interested community member. Healthy Waterways Waterwatch is a community education program that assists community groups to use water monitoring equipment and standard procedures to assess the water quality of their local waterways.
Storming for Cleaner Water is a combined project between MCMC and Waterwatch with funding from Whittlesea City Council in partnership with Darebin Creek Management Committee. It is an environmental education program looking at stormwater and its effects on our local creeks including Merri Creek, Darebin Creek and Edgars Creek.
Community Awareness about Stormwater
Working cooperatively with partners to promote the protection of local creek catchments to the community is an ongoing commitment for Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC).
In 2008 MCMC partnered with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria to participate in the Heidelberg West: Industrial Behaviour Change Project.
Stormwater runoff draining from the Heidelberg West Industrial Estate into Darebin Creek is an EPA identified 'pollution hotspot'.
MCMC formed and trained a special Stream Health Team including EPA officers from the Yarra River Investigation and Response Program (YRIRP). Together, 112 workplaces were visited in an industrial area in Heidelberg West.
The key goal of the project was to educate people in workplaces about the potential pollution risks to stream health from workplace practices.