Funded by the ACT Government under the ACT Healthy Waterways Project

ACT Government Waterwatch


Waterwatch coordinates community members monitoring water quality

Project period


Project status

In progress

Grant funding (ex GST)

Project funding (ex GST)

  2015-16   2016-17   2017-18
Monitoring and reporting $72,000   $73,500   $78,900
Youth education         $7,700
TOTAL $72,000   $73,500   $86,600

* excludes GST

Program links

This project contributes to the following MCG programs

  • Waterway health


Sites across the Molonglo Catchment, as part of a broader Upper Murrumbidgee program.

Project description

WaterwatchWaterwatch is part of a community water quality monitoring program that brings people together from all parts of the community to raise awareness, educate, monitor, restore and protect our precious waterways. Waterwatch involves local community, catchment groups, Landcare, as well as residents, schools, utilities and landowners to regularly monitor the water quality of local creeks, wetlands, lake, rivers and stormwater drains.

Waterwatch ReportThe ACT Healthy Waterways Project funds Waterwatch coordination and activities undertaken by Molonglo Catchment Group.

Across the Upper Murrumbidgee River Catchment, over 200 Waterwatch volunteers monitor water quality every month at 243 sites, covering a total area of more than 11,400 square kilometres.

Launch of the Waterwatch 2016-17 CHIP Report
WIN News Canberra, Facebook 20 October 2017

Project status and outcomes monitoring

The data collected provides an early warning system for aquatic ecosystem health issues and is published in the annual Catchment Health Indicator Program (CHIP) report.

It is expected that this project will be funded at least until June 2019.