Darebin Creek Waterwatch Group
Waterwatch is a program that turns Darebin community members into citizen scientists who monitor and report on the health of their waterways.
The Waterwatch Program in Darebin is a public program that welcomes community volunteers and provides them with training to be able to perform water quality monitoring at one of six creek monitoring sites. These sites cover the Darebin, Merri, and Edgars creeks. Monthly water quality data is collected from each site by one of five different Waterwatch groups.
The Darebin Creek Waterwatch Group currently has three community volunteer members who meet each month at two near-by sites at the creek: under the road bridge on Murray Road; and at the stormwater drain downstream from Murray Road. The volunteers use water quality monitoring kits to test the parameters below, which give them an idea of how healthy the creek is.
In spring and autumn of each year, the DarebinCreek Waterwatch Group also assesses the types and numbers of macroinverterbrates present in the creek. Macroinvertebrates are animals that are big enough to be seen without a microscope and don’t have a spine, such as insects, crabs, snails and worms.
The group also photographs the creek once a year and assesses its habitat value (how well it provides homes for plants and animals).
- Educated and engaged community
- Better understanding of Darebin Creek and other local waterways
- Long-term creek health data available to guide management of Darebin Creek