Merri Creek Management Committee

 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.


Our 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 Waterwatch program is sponsored by four local Councils - Darebin, Moreland, City of Yarra and Whittlesea. We also hold some community events such as frog evenings and support Waterwatch monitors with funding from Melbourne Water.

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

Becoming a water quality monitor is free and easy to do. The first step is to go along to a Waterwatch monitoring session with our trained Waterwatch monitors. Check out the table below for current sites and groups to find a site that is close to you. Then email the leader of that group to find out when they are next conducting Waterwatch sampling and testing. Most groups meet on a weekend. Step two : undertake a free one day river health training workshop to learn all about monitoring our waterways and the current waterwaay pollution issues. 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 events page for upcoming training sessions around Melbourne. For workshops on the Merri or Darebin Creeks, visit our events calender. Any questions please contact MCMC's Waterwatch Coordinator 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 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 along the Merri, Moonee Ponds and Darebin Creeks and the 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.  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 our Waterwatch Coordinator or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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