Waterwatch Data

Find out where we are collecting data and what we are doing with it.


A recent comment from the Molonglo Waterwatch Coordinator, Deb Kellock, to our volunteers:

"Although it may seem that it (your data) doesn't vary much at some sites, remember that it forms part of the bigger picture of data in (our) catchment which in turn forms part of the picture of Upper Murrumbidgee catchment health.  Your site may be upstream or downstream of another Waterwatch site, and your data tells us what is happening close to the site, as well as what is happening upstream and in the subcatchment above. It can tell us about a short, sharp event that causes some change in water quality - though thankfully these are generally rare and short-lived. However it also tells us about gradual change over time near particular sites and across the catchment, and this is generally how waterways and catchment health are affected: by many small changes accumulating. These could be changes such as a new development that reduces water quality downstream, hopefully only for the short term; or the changes could be planting, erosion control, changes to stock management, or perhaps urban wetlands, that gradually improve water quality over time."


Waterwatch data is on the Atlas of Living Australia database

See data from 300 plus sites across the ACT and upper Murrumbidgee catchment



The Catchment Health Indicator Program (CHIP) Report Card

Check out the Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch program annual CHIP report card using data collected by the Waterwatch volunteers



Working to improve strength in Waterwatch data

We have probably all heard debates about Citizen Science and how the data collected can be labelled untrustworthy or biased. In a review conducted by the University of Canberra looking at the quality of Waterwatch data, they found that:

..the Waterwatch database provides a good quality baseline dataset for assessing water quality in the ACT” and that where there has been “sufficiently regular collection..of data, it is possible to use Waterwatch data in an early warning context


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