Reservoir Frogs – Edgars 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 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 four 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 Reservoir Frogs Waterwatch Group currently has three community volunteer members who meet each month at Edgars Creek, next to the Leamington Street Scout Hall in Reservoir. The volunteers use water quality monitoring kits to test the below parameters, which give them an idea of how healthy the creek is.
In spring and autumn of each year, the Reservoir Frogs 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 Edgars Creek and other local waterways
- Long-term creek health data available to guide management of Edgars Creek