Citizen science in Victoria

This report features waterway monitoring by community volunteers through case studies from catchment regions across Victoria in 2014-15.

Thank you to the volunteer monitors who give their time to make these programs so successful.

Click here to view the flip book or here for the pdf version.

 

Get involved

Do you know how healthy your local waterway is? Through Waterwatch, schools, community groups and individuals are supported and encouraged to become actively involved in local waterway monitoring and on-ground action. More...



 

Welcome to Waterwatch Victoria

About this page

Waterwatch Victoria is a successful community engagement program connecting local communities with river health and sustainable water issues and management.

Waterwatch and EstuaryWatch Plan 2015

The launch of the Waterwatch Victoria Plan 2015 and the EstuaryWatch Victoria Plan 2015 is an opportunity to recognise the contribution of community volunteers and schoolchildren involved in the citizen science programs across the state.

The Plan for Waterwatch Victoria provides direction for the Victorian Waterwatch community monitoring programs.  The program builds community capacity through developing skills and knowledge, and promote data sharing between the community and waterway managers.

For more than 20 years, the Victorian Waterwatch Program has been connecting local communities with river and wetland health and sustainable water management issues.  Through the Waterwatch Program, groups and individuals are supported and encouraged to become actively involved in local waterway monitoring, on ground activities and awareness raising.

The long-term dataset EstuaryWatch and Waterwatch created will assist in evaluating the state of the environment in Victoria.  Across the state waterway managers actively use community waterway monitoring data to inform decisions and management actions including artificial estuary entrance openings, algal bloom management, acid sulphate soil impacts on estuarine condition, works on waterways, environmental water management and extreme flood events.

State Environment Minister Lisa Neville and Clifton Springs Primary Schools Isobel and Luke investigating the Barwon River at the launch of the Plan for Waterwatch
State Environment Minister Lisa Neville and Clifton Springs Primary School's Isobel and Luke investigating
the Barwon River at the launch of the Plan for Waterwatch

The management objective of Waterwatch is to increase the knowledge of the community and waterway managers to inform waterway management decisions and encourage waterway stewardship.

Data Management System

Our Data Management System is now available to all Waterwatch sample collectors. It moves data collection online into a central area, an exciting new development for us all. We value your feedback, so if you see any issues or have any great ideas, pass them on to your local coordinator. Use these buttons to log on and to view your data. Please note, when using the Data Management System, it is recommended you use Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser, which can be downloaded for free.

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Where are we?

Select a region from the map below or from our list of regions to contact your local Waterwatch Coordinator.

Waterwatch CMA MapWimmera CMA Glenelg Hopkins CMA North Central Regional Victoria North East CMA Corangamite CMA Greater Melbourne Region West Gippsland CMA East Gippsland CMA Goulburn Broken CMA Mallee Waterwatch

Become a Waterwatcher

There are many different ways that you can volunteer your time, energy and enthusiasm with Waterwatch. More...

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