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August is platypus month

Did you know that August is a great time to see platypus in the ACT region?

Platypus can be found throughout the Molonglo, Queanbeyan and Murrumbidgee Rivers and even in Lake Burley Griffin! Waterwatch is running a range of activities in August to help everyone understand more about these marvellous monotremes.

Join us for a platypus walk

Sunday 17 & 31 August: Waterwatch will be hosting free platypus walks at 4:30pm at the Isabella st foot bridge in Queanbeyan. No RSVP necessary.

Report platypus sightings

Waterwatch is encouraging everyone to head down to their local waterway and report any platypus sightings to waterwatch@act.gov.au information such as date, time, location and number of platypus need to be noted.

Some platypus hotspots to consider

Note: The following places a merely a guide. We are very keen to increase our knowledge of platypus distribution in the region so please head out to a stream near you and get spotting!

  • Molonglo River: along the Molonglo Gorge, Molonglo Reach, soft-banked areas of Lake Burley Griffin and downstream of Scrivener Dam.
  • Murrumbidgee River: Tharwa Sandwash, Point Hut Crossing, Kambah Pools, Casuarina Sands and Uriarra Crossing.

Take part in a platypus group survey

Join waterwatch for a survey at Jerrabomberra Wetlands to help better understand the resident platypus population. Four surveys will be run at dawn in mid and late August - no experience necessary. Contact Waterwatch to book a spot.

 

Announcing the launch of the new Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch database!

Click here to view over 9,000 water quality records spanning 15 years collected by our hard-working Waterwatch volunteers.

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Click here to read report about the review of Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch data.

We have probably all heard debates about Citizen Science and how the data collected can be labelled untrustworthy or biased. The University of Canberra 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”.

What is Waterwatch?

Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch is part of a national 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.

Who is Waterwatch?

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.

Why Waterwatch?

Healthy catchments indicate healthy ecosystems with thriving fish, frogs, birds, plants and people. Waterwatch raises awareness of water quality issues by engaging the whole community in promoting change and stewardship of our waterways.

Waterwatchers Make a Difference

Water quality information collected throughout the catchment provides a picture of the health in a waterway. Waterwatch groups have initiated numerous positive community based conservation activities such as creek restoration, willow removal, litter clean-ups, weed eradication, habitat development and reduced use of pesticides and fertilisers.

Want to Become a Waterwatcher?

Anyone who cares about our local waterways can become a Waterwatcher. Waterwatchers work out in the bush or in their own neighbourhoods a few hours a month, or a few hours a year. Waterwatch provides all the training and equipment you need to do physical and chemical analysis, macro-invertebrate surveys, riparianassessments, and frog censuses. Join as a group, a family, or an individual have a look at the map below, then contact to the local Waterwatch Coordinator in your area or the area where you would like to volunteer.

Catchment Map

Map of our Region's Lakes and Rivers

To Report a Pollution Incident or Illegal Dumping call 13 22 81

Call 131 444 for Non-emergency Police Attendance

Publications

Glove box guide Waterplants of the ACT region

Platypus Video from Lake Burley Griffin

Platypus Video

Check out the newest edition of the newsletter

Upper Murrumbidgee Newsletter

 

For more information, contact the Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch Facilitator, Woo O'Reilly at 6207-2246 or emailing waterwatch@act.gov.au
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