‘Monitoring for native fish and all the other little creatures within our waterways contributes vital data to organisations like the CMA.  I get great satisfaction from knowing that the data I provide is used to help create a better environment.’ Rob Loats, North Central Waterwatch Volunteer since 1996


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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.

As the Victorian State election will be held on Saturday 29 November 2014, the Victorian Government has assumed a caretaker role from 6pm, 4 November. During the caretaker period, content will only be added to this channel in accordance with the caretaker conventions.


Celebrating 20 Years of Waterwatch  

The Waterwatch program was initiated in 1993 to enable the community to become involved in the monitoring and management of waterways in their catchment.  Waterwatch aims to raise knowledge in the community about water issues and to encourage water quality monitoring groups to undertake constructive action.  In Victoria, volunteers with a passion for the environment, provide water quality data from waterways from Gippsland to the Mallee.  The data is used to monitor waterways over time to establish their condition and whether change (positive or negative) is occurring. The "Waterwatch Celebrating 20 Years" Report recognises and celebrates the significant contribution of all volunteer monitors who have contributed to the program.

A YouTube video has also been created, featuring images of some of the fantastic volunteers who have driven the success of the program.  This can be viewed here.

Data Management System

Our new 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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Coordinated by

Victorian State Governent - Department of Sustainability and Environment