A key output of the Waterwatch program is the annual CHIP report card.
This provides a score of catchment health using data collected by Waterwatch volunteers.
As part of National Water Week (15-22 October 2017), Waterwatch announced the release of the 2016-17 Water Quality Report
The 2016–17 CHIP report is based on 1,861 water quality surveys, 199 water bug surveys and 210 riparian condition surveys collected by over 200 volunteers!. The total number of sites surveyed was 222 and a total of 94 report cards on individual sections of river were covered in this report.
The 2015–16 CHIP report is based on 1,973 water quality surveys, 206 water bug surveys and 196 riparian condition surveys collected by over 200 volunteers! The total number of sites surveyed has increased from 184 in 2013–14 to 229 in 2015–16. A total of 96 reach report cards are covered in this report.
The 2014–15 CHIP report is based on 1,556 water quality surveys, 206 water bug surveys and 178 riparian condition surveys. The total number of sites surveyed has increased from 184 in 2013–14 to 229 in 2014–15. A total of 90 reaches are covered in this report.
If you are interested in just one of the four main sub-catchments, you can download them seperately.
2013-14 CHIP Report
In 2013, the CHIP underwent a review by the University of Canberra and it was recommended that the data be displayed in smaller waterway sections defined here as ‘reaches’. This allows for a finer scale assessment on the condition of our waterways where data exists and highlights areas in the catchment that are currently unsampled. The 2013–2014 CHIP has taken on this new approach and each reach is accompanied by individual report cards to provide greater context. Given the many changes, this CHIP report is being viewed as a pilot study and feedback from volunteers, catchment managers and scientists will be greatly welcomed.