Southern ACT Waterwatch Program


The Program

Stefan, Sam and Micheala “water-bugging”


The Waterwatch program at the Southern ACT Catchment Group is one of 4 in the region that partner to form Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch (UMWW). These are: 

  • Cooma Waterwatch 
  • Southern ACT Waterwatch
  • Molonglo Waterwatch 
  • Ginninderra/Yass Waterwatch 

UMWW engages volunteers, referred to collectively as ‘Waterwatchers’, to monitor the health of waterways in the Upper Murrumbidgee catchment area of the Murray Darling Basin (MDB). 

What do ‘Waterwatchers’ do?


Southern ACT Waterwatchers are issued with a special kit to measure the water quality of local waterways within the Southern ACT Catchment region monthly. They upload their data to the UMWW database which allows the Waterwatch coordinator to report any possible pollution or abnormal conditions to relevant agencies. This data also forms the Southern ACT Catchment Group’s contribution to the UMWW’s annual Catchment Health Indicators Program (C.H.I.P) report, which tracks long term changes in waterway health.

Waterwatchers are also invited to assist in other waterway monitoring programs that enrich the information provided by their monthly data. These include;

  • Biannual ‘Bug Blitz’; Surveying aquatic invertebrate populations.
  • Platypus Watch; Surveying platypus populations every August.
  • FrogWatch Census; Surveying frog populations every October.
  • Vegetation surveys around our many waterways.

The Waterwatch Coordinator


The Southern ACT Catchment Group’s Waterwatch Coordinator (Martin Lind) provides all the training, equipment and support for our Waterwatchers. He facilitates inclusion in the above activities and provides newsletters and updates on waterway issues and events.

Which Water systems are monitored?


The following Sub-catchments are monitored monthly by the Waterwatch volunteer team:

o   Murrumbidgee River o   Cotter River
o   Naas River o   Gudgenby River
o   Paddy’s River o   Lake Tuggeranong
o   Point Hut Ponds o   Guises Creek

In addition, the following areas are monitored as part of these catchment systems;

  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • Namadgi National Park
  • Stranger Pond
  • Conder Wetlands
  • Cooleman Ridge Nature Park
  • Tuggeranong Creek Stormwater system
  • Other tributaries of the 5 major rivers

How do I become a Waterwatcher?


Contact our Waterwatch Coordinator at or phone 62966400