What is Waterwatch?
Waterwatch is a national community water quality monitoring and education network that encourages all Australians to become involved and active in the protection and management of their waterways and catchments.
The Waterwatch network is made up of individuals, community groups and school groups who undertake a variety of biological and habitat assessments, including physical and chemical tests to build up a picture of the health of their waterways and catchments.
By monitoring their local waterways over time community members can determine if the health of their waterways and surrounds are improving, declining or being maintained and take action accordingly. The Southern ACT Catchment Group can assist groups in developing projects to help improve water quality within the region. Our CAMPFIRE program was developed to assess the condition of our waterways of the 2003 Canberra Bushfires.
Waterwatch also offers a wide variety of free educational programs which can be tailored to meet the curricular requirements of classes and their teachers. As well as sciences our educational programs can be used to meet requirements in languages, mathematics and even visual art. Most importantly, Waterwatch educational programs are designed to lead students from awareness to action in their care for and commitment to the local environment.
How can YOU get involved?
If you have an interest in your local environment, Waterwatch is a great way to get involved. Contact the Waterwatch Co-ordinator to ask about volunteering to help with the monitoring and health of the local catchment.