ACT Government Waterwatch
Funded by the ACT Government under the ACT Healthy Waterways Project

Short summary

Waterwatch coordinates community members monitoring water quality

Launch of the Waterwatch 2016-17 CHIP Report
WIN News Canberra, Facebook 20 October 2017

Long summary

Waterwatch is part of a community water quality monitoring program that brings people together from all parts of the community to raise awareness, educate, monitor, restore and protect our precious waterways. Waterwatch involves local community, catchment groups, Landcare, as well as residents, schools, utilities and landowners to regularly monitor the water quality of local creeks, wetlands, lake, rivers and stormwater drains.

The ACT Healthy Waterways Project funds Waterwatch coordination and activities undertaken by Molonglo Catchment Group.

Across the Upper Murrumbidgee River Catchment, over 200 Waterwatch volunteers monitor water quality every month at 243 sites, covering a total area of more than 11,400 square kilometres. The data they collect provides an early warning system for aquatic ecosystem health issues and is published in the annual Catchment Health Indicator Program (CHIP) report.