Merri Creek Management Committee

Healthy Waterways Waterwatch is a free, fun and hands-on river health education program that supports community members, schools and businesses to be actively involved in monitoring and protecting the health of our rivers and creeks.

The program aims to build community understanding of water quality issues, and to encourage monitoring groups to undertake constructive actions to rectify water quality problems.


The Merri and Moonee Ponds Creek Waterwatch Coordinator assists schools and community groups to use water quality monitoring equipment and standard procedures to assess the water quality of their local waterways.

The Merri and Moonee Ponds Waterwatch program is sponsored by seven local Councils, Melbourne Water and the Department of Sustainability and Environment. The Merri Creek Management Committee facilitates Waterwatch Melbourne in the Lower Yarra, Merri and Moonee Ponds Creek catchments.

Want to help your local rivers and creeks? Become a Healthy Waterways Waterwatch Monitor

Becoming a water quality monitor is free and easy to do. The first step is to undertake a free one day river health training day to learn all about monitoring our waterways and what you have to do to be involved. You will learn the different sampling techniques, including aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling and identification, how the data you collect is used and how to develop a monitoring plan. Its fun, free and very easy to do!  Visit the Healthy Waterways Waterwatch Melbourne website for training sessions. The next step is to contact your local Waterwatch Coordinator to set up your first monitoring session on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9380 8199.

What support is available?
    • Water Quality Monitoring kits are available for loan.
    • A monitoring manual includes sections on: Habitat surveys, biological surveys, physical and chemical tests, from results to actions and resources
    • Fundraising advice for groups who need to raise money for the purchase of monitoring equipment
  • Invitations to attend Healthy Waterways Waterwatch Melbourne events
  • Information on the health of your local waterways
  • Meet others who are interested in protecting and improving the health of our waterways   
  • Training opportunities
What do groups measure?

Testing parameters include pH, Conductivity, Temperature, Turbidity, Phosphate, Ammonia and Dissolved Oxygen, Visual Habitat assessment, Litter surveys and Macroinvertebrate surveys (water bugs).

Jane the Waterwatch Coordinator

How schools and community groups can be involved

Looking at Waterbugs

Many school and community groups all along the Merri and Moonee Ponds Creek and Lower Yarra River and their tributaries are involved in the Waterwatch program. Our activites integrate the Victorian Essential Learning guidelines into our environmental education activities. We cater for all age groups from prep to tertiary. Find out more about how your school can become involved in your local Waterwatch program.  If transport and time are a problem for schools we arrange an in schools program looking at water quality issues. Healthy Waterways Waterwatch provides all of the equipment and necessary to be involved in the exciting hands-on program. For an outline of our activities visit here

If you have any further queries or would like to make a booking don't hesitate to contact MCMC on 9380 8199 and ask for your Waterwatch Coordinator or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Merri Events Calendar

04 Mar 2017;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
MECCARG Site Maintenance

05 Mar 2017;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Merri Magical Gum Morning

05 Mar 2017;
12:00PM - 07:00PM
Sydney Road Street Party

05 Mar 2017;
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Streamteam Water Quality Testing (Friends of Merri Creek)

12 Mar 2017;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Litter Clean Up – North Coburg (Friends of Merri Creek)

19 Mar 2017;
10:00AM - 12:30PM
1st of 6 Woody Weed Whacking at Bababi Marning (Friends of Merri Creek)