Would you like to understand more about the health of your local waterway?
Learning by doing is often the best way. The NSW Waterwatch program offers plenty of opportunities for you, your group or school to get involved in monitoring the health of your environment and take part in managing some of the problems.
The Waterwatch program offers community members, land managers such as farmers and schools:
- a comprehensive water quality monitoring system to suit your group's needs and interests
- use of an on-line water quality database for entering test results, and viewing other water quality information
- the opportunity to be part of both state-wide and national networks of community water quality monitoring groups
- hands-on learning for students, with many linked to curriculum requirements for schools
- a way to have fun with friends, family and others!
The benefits of monitoring include:
- finding out if your waterway is healthy or degraded
- understanding what the problems are and actions that can be taken to manage the problem
- measuring change in the health of your waterway over time
- showing the benefits of your actions such as waterway health improvement, tree planting or pollution reduction
- Gathering information to show others the problems that are occurring
- encouraging greater community awareness of environmental and catchment issues.
The Waterwatch program can tailor a package of equipment and methods that suits your site, issues you may be concerned about and programs that suit the time and skills your group has available.
Choose from the group list for information most relevant to you.
Page last updated: 26 February 2011