Waterbugs let us know how healthy our water is, and you can too. By joining the Waterbug Census and monitoring your local macroinvertebrates, you’ll help us check the health of our rivers and creeks.
Join the Waterbug Census
Waterbug monitoring takes place in autumn and spring at specific sites across Melbourne. To get started with the Waterbug Census, you will attend a free training day to build your sampling and identification skills - register your interest to be notified when sessions are planned in your area and get involved.
This citizen science program involves learning techniques to:
- Collect a sample of waterbugs from your local waterway
- Pour them into viewing trays and sort the different bugs
- Identify each bug type and record it on your data sheet
Learn more about macroinvertebrates and how we monitor them.
Data collection and use
Waterbug data is collected using the Agreed Level Taxonomy method, which ensures data quality and consistency across monitoring sites. The information supports ongoing research and helps us track waterway health — as well contributing to national biodiversity records through the Atlas of Living Australia.
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