Merri Creek Management Committee

Waterwatch is a free, fun and hands-on river health education program that supports volunteers, schools and businesses to actively protect the health of our rivers and creeks. The Statewide program is hosted by Merri Creek Management Committee on the northern Yarra River creeks. This includes the Darebin, Moonee Ponds, Edgars and Merri Creeks. The program is funded and supported by Council (the Cities of Darebin, Moreland, Whittlesea and Yarra) and Melbourne Water.

The program builds community understanding  and enables constructive actions to rectify water quality problems.

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Our Waterwatch Coordinator assists schools, community groups and individuals 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 and Melbourne Water.

Want to help your local rivers and creeks? Become a Waterwatch volunteer monitor.

Becoming a water quality volunteer monitor is free and easy to do. Step one: The first step is to go along to a Waterwatch monitoring session with one of our trained Waterwatch monitoring groups. Check out  Table 1 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, Edgars 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.

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Above: Waterwatch supports citizen science. Each year Waterwatch, with support from Melbourne Water, conducts Water Quality Training and Waterbug Cenus Workshops that provide training opportunities for new and current volunteers. These events provide participants opportunities to meet others that are interested in taking action to improve waterway health.

The MCMC Waterwatch program currently supports 7 volunteer groups, who conduct regular monitoring of water quality at 13 sites in the Merri, Edgars, Darebin and Lower Yarra catchments including Westgate Park and Trin Warren wetlands in Parkville. These groups are outlined in table 1. Currently we have 15 trained participants that lead these groups, with many other community members volunteering their time on a regular basis. New volunteers are welcome at many of these groups. It’s a great opportunity to meet others who are concerned about local creeks and to help do something about improving the water quality.

Table 1. Waterwatch monitoring groups their sites, and who to contact to join in. Updated December 2017

Waterwatch Site Code *

Site Description

Name of monitoring group

Council area

Days sampling is conducted

Contact

ME_YMR112

Merri Creek, upstream of St Georges Rd Bridge, Fitzroy North.

Friends of Merri Creek, Merri Creek Stream Team

Cities of Darebin, Moreland and Yarra.

1st Sunday of each month.

Irene Baker

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YMR119

Merri Creek adjacent to Northcote Golf Club and the Bicycle Velodrome.

Merri Creek at Northcote Waterwatch group

Cities of Darebin and  Moreland.

Monthly.

Ying Quek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YDA435

Darebin Creek at Murray Road, Preston.

Darebin Creek Preston Waterwatch group

City of Darebin.

3rd Sunday of each month.

Ebina Siby This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YDA436

Large stormwater drain entering Darebin Creek at Murray Road, Preston.

Darebin Creek Preston Waterwatch group

City of Darebin.

3rd Sunday of each month.

Ebina Siby This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YED070

Edgars Creek, upstream of Edwardes Lake, Leamington Street, Reservoir.

Edgars Creek Waterwatch group (Reservoir Frogs)

City of Darebin.

3rd Sunday of each month

Kyle O’Farrell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YED030

Edgars Creek, Ronald Street, Newlands.

Friends of Edgars Creek Waterwatch Group

City of Moreland.

3rd Sunday of each month.

Trevor Hausler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YWP001

Westgate Park – Saltwater Lake (near Todd Road) Port Melbourne

Westgate Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Imogen Abernethy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YWP002

Freshwater Lake Inlet @ Westgate Park

Westgate Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Imogen Abernethy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YWP003

Westgate Park – Freshwater Lake (outlet) Port Melbourne

Westgate Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Imogen Abernethy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YWP004

Westgate Park Dam (inlet) Port Melbourne

Westgate Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Imogen Abernethy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YWP005

Westgate Park Dam (outlet) Port Melbourne

Westgate Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Imogen Abernethy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YTW005

Trin Warren Tamboore wetlands, inlet, Royal Park, Parkville

Friends of Royal Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Maria Krelle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YTW010

Trin Warren Tamboore wetlands, outlet, Royal Park, Parkville

Friends of Royal Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Maria Krelle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Waterwatch monitoring volunteer groups are supported by the Waterwatch program with a range of services, including supply of chemicals for their testing equipment, field equipment, a range of training opportunities, data collation training, Quality Assurance and Quality Control events and ongoing group support. This support is funded by contributions from both Council (the Cities of Darebin, Moreland, Whittlesea and Yarra) and Melbourne Water.

Waterwatch supports citizen science to monitor water quality effectively. MCMC’s Waterwatch Coordinator conducts Quality Assurance, Quality Control (QAQC), frog census, water bug census, database and other training for new and existing water quality monitors. All the water quality data collected by the groups can be accessed by the public on the Victorian Waterwatch Database at: http://www.vic.waterwatch.org.au/

What support is available to become a Waterwatch volunteer?
    • Water Quality Monitoring kits are available for long term loans.
    • 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

For more information please visit: www.waterwatchmelbourne.org.au or www.vic.waterwatch.org.au

Merri Events Calendar