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Updated: Jan 14

Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch engages the community in the environment through monitoring and caring for our catchments. We educate and raise awareness in schools and the community on issues concerning catchment health and we use data collected by volunteers to inform policy on on-ground catchment management.

Become a Waterwatch Volunteer!

Water Sampling

Want to become a citizen scientist? Waterwatch is looking for monthly Water Sampling Volunteers. Water sampling is a fun and easy way to connect with nature whilst collecting meaningful data on the health of our region’s waterways and rivers. For more information, please visit or

Platypus Surveys

August is Platypus month in 2023 and we look forward to setting the alarm clocks dusting off the binoculars to catch a glimpse then! Waterwatch conducts 24 group platypus surveys in the Upper Murrumbidgee throughout platypus month to gain a better understanding of these mysterious creatures. For more information on how you can assist please visit, or stay tuned for more information closer to August.

Report Platypus and Rakali sightings

You can still help us learn more about Platypus and Rakali outside of Platypus Month! Please log any Platypus and Rakali sightings to our Platy and Ratty Portal. You can view Platypus and Rakali sightings on the ACT Platypus an Rakali sightings map.

PHOTO – Platypus.

Waterbug Blitz

In Autumn and Spring we conduct our biannual Waterbug Blitz, when we count and record the many macroinvertebrate species in our regions waterways. Over 200 surveys are conducted annually in the Upper Murrumbidgee, giving us indication of waterway health. Volunteers are welcome to join. For more information please visit, or email

Waterwatch Data and CHIP

Waterwatch data has been collected by volunteers since 1995 and is comprised of over 26,000 water quality, macroinvertebrate and riparian condition records, and growing every month! Waterwatch data is compiled every year to the Catchment Health Indicator Report (CHIP), the programs flagship report and key output. For more information or to view past reports please visit


Waterwatch education in back in the Molonglo! Are you an education provider in the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment? We offer free education sessions for students from K – 12. Available to all schools, youth groups or education organisation, we offer field based education session on water quality, waterway biodiversity and environmental health. For more information please visit or email

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