Programs and initiatives

Caring for Waterhole Creek


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The Caring for Waterhole Creek program is a collaboration between EPA and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA). This six to eight-month program consists of volunteers monitoring water quality on a fortnightly basis at a number of sites along Waterhole Creek, starting in February 2017.

Volunteers will be testing the water for a range of things including pH, phosphorus and conductivity. There will also be testing for other substances such heavy metals and pesticides, plus macroinvertebrate sampling.

The aim of the program is to understand the existing environmental conditions of Waterhole Creek. This knowledge will support current and future management practices on waterway health and biodiversity.

Citizen scientists will help to:

  • map the water quality of Waterhole Creek throughout its three reaches
  • understand the source of water quality issues found during monitoring, which will help identify the origins of environmental issues affecting the creek 
  • understand the effects of water quality on the abundance and distribution of biodiversity indicators throughout the waterway
  • report instances of illegal dumping.

If you are interested in taking part, we encourage you to reserve a place at a free information session:

Where: Kernot Hall, 50-70 Princes Drive, Morwell
When: 11 am – 2 pm, Saturday 18 February

At the session you can register as a citizen scientist, get an overview of the campaign and receive training and equipment to carry out the monitoring.

Each citizen scientist will need to commit about two hours of their time each fortnight to undertake the ongoing sampling work.

Reserve your place at the 18 February information session

Page last updated on 3 Feb 2017