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.
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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
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).
How schools and community groups can be involved
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