Help change the way that we value our precious water
If your community group would like to get involved, we would be happy to register you in the Waterwatch program and provide you with advice and support to set up a monitoring and action program.
Waterwatch NSW Community Kit
The kit will include information on:
- Getting started
- Monitoring your stream health
- starting a riverbank rehabilitation project
- Finding help from others
- Promoting your project, and
- Associated activities
You have already made the first step by visiting this page.
There are hundreds of different ways to get involved. From joining in an activity organised by someone else, to starting your own group or project. Getting involved is fun and fulfilling.
|Investigate your catchment||Identify the physical parts of the catchment, the landform, the rocks and soils, the rainfall patterns, and the living things such as plants and animals.|
|Understand what is happening in your catchment||Look at the land uses in the catchment, industry, agriculture, roads and rail corridors, communities, and changes over time.|
|Identify water quality problems||How is land use affecting water quality? What are the key problems? Common water quality problems are pollution, erosion, channel obstructions, over extraction, recreation, and many more.|
|Set up a monitoring program for water quality||Monitoring water quality will show whether the things that are happening in the catchment are causing water quality problems.|
|Identify solutions||For each environmental problem, there is a range of solutions. Knowing what the problems are and how bad they are will help you to come up with the best solutions.|
|Take action to help fix the problems||All of this effort is aimed at fixing the problems of our waterways. Some solutions can be as simple as planting some trees to help stop erosion. Others are more complex. The solution always starts with a decision to do something.|
Hundreds of groups, involving thousands of individuals all over Australia, have shown the benefits of community action. From being the first to spot and prevent major oil spills, to finding out crucial information about a water quality problem, the community have proven time and again the value of those who care for our water.
An active community can and does make a big difference.