Help your local river or creek by volunteering as a Waterwatch water quality monitor, and collect data on water quality and habitats in your area.
The information you collect is shared with Melbourne Water, the EPA and councils, and helps us identify local actions to improve waterway health.
Become a volunteer
There are several Waterwatch groups across Greater Melbourne that you can join. These groups receive free, specialised training and ongoing support from their Waterwatch Coordinator to develop and implement their own monitoring program.
To find a monitoring group near you, browse the map below or type in your address.
View waterway data
Find out the health of your local waterway by viewing data collected by Waterwatch volunteers across the state. To learn what this data can tell us, view Waterwatch Victoria’s data interpretation manual.
Resources for monitors
Data collection forms
Record your water quality results using the following data forms.
Equipment instructions and maintenance
Instructions on using your water quality monitoring equipment can be found in the Waterwatch handbook:
There are also some excellent videos on using, calibrating and maintaining your equipment created by our colleagues at the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority:
- Sample collection and testing
- Testing pH level
- Testing electroconductivity
- Phosphate test.
For more information on any of our activities: