Northcote 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 has been operating successfully in Darebin for over ten years and is run by the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) in partnership with Darebin City Council.
It is a public program that welcomes community volunteers and provides them with training to be able to perform water quality monitoring at one of four 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.
Waterwatch also runs regular community events, such as the Frogs on Wheels Bike Ride, Friends of Edwardes Lake Frog Walk and Talk, Robinson Reserve Planting Day and Merri’s Magical Morning.
The Northcote Waterwatch Group currently has two community volunteer members who meet on the third Saturday of each month at a Merri Creek site near the Brunswick Velodrome, opposite the Northcote Golf Course.
- Educated and engaged community
- Better understanding of Merri Creek and other local waterways
- Long-term creek health data available to guide management of Merri Creek