Merri Creek Management Committee


In urban environments stormwater is the main cause of pollution in our creeks. After a rain event all the water is washed down the stormwater drains on the edge of the road.  The drain then leads directly to the local creek. But the water carries with it any pollution that it picks up on the way,   including litter, car oil, dog poo and much more.

Schools Storming for Cleaner Water and stormwater education

Storming for Cleaner Water is funded by Whittlesea City Council and delivered by Merri Creek Management Committee in partnership with Darebin Creek Management Committee to think about stormwater and its effects on local creeks including Merri Creek, Darebin Creek and Edgars Creek.

We work with educators and community to build on their interests in age-appropriate ways from early years to tertiary level with:

  1. Interactive presentations that consider rain and stormwater flow in urban environments, creeks, waterway pollution and environmental impacts
  2. Walks around school or beyond with special attention to drains, gutters, local waterways, catchment concepts and ocean connectionsRichmond West PS 121213
  3. Activities that highlight urban creeklife through stories, arts-based sessions

To connect with stormwater education or Storming for Cleaner Water in Whittlesea please contact Angela Foley at MCMC on 9380 8199 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students add pollutants to the water to see how the creek is effectedIMG 8203 612 x 816

Waterwatch is a free, fun and hands-on river health education program that supports volunteers, schools and businesses to actively protect the health of our rivers and creeks. The Statewide program is hosted by Merri Creek Management Committee on the northern Yarra River creeks. This includes the Darebin, Moonee Ponds, Edgars and Merri Creeks. The program is funded and supported by Council (the Cities of Darebin, Moreland, Moonnee Ponds, Whittlesea and Yarra) and Melbourne Water. Check out our youtube clip !

Amy waterbug censusThe program builds community understanding  and enables constructive actions to rectify water quality problems.

Our Waterwatch Coordinator assists schools, community groups and individuals to use water quality monitoring equipment and standard procedures to assess the water quality of their local waterways.

The Waterwatch program is sponsored by four local Councils - Darebin, Moreland, City of Yarra and Whittlesea and Melbourne Water.

Want to help your local rivers and creeks? Become a Waterwatch volunteer monitor.

Becoming a water quality volunteer monitor is free and easy to do. Step one: The first step is to go along to a Waterwatch monitoring session with one of our trained Waterwatch monitoring groups. Check out  Table 1 below for current sites and groups to find a site that is close to you. Then email the leader of that group to find out when they are next conducting Waterwatch sampling and testing. Most groups meet on a weekend. Step two : undertake a free one day river health training workshop to learn all about monitoring our waterways and the current waterwaay pollution issues. You will learn the different sampling techniques, including aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling and identification, how the data you collect is used and how to develop a monitoring plan. Its fun, free and very easy to do! Visit the State Waterwatch site for upcoming events and training workshops around the State.  Visit the Healthy Waterways Waterwatch Melbourne events page for upcoming training sessions around Melbourne. For workshops on the Merri, Edgars or Darebin Creeks, visit our events calender. Any questions please contact MCMC's Waterwatch Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9380 8199.

  Harley Dave Ebina water testingGroup shot 2 small res

Above: Waterwatch supports citizen science. Each year Waterwatch, with support from Melbourne Water, conducts Water Quality Training and Waterbug Cenus Workshops that provide training opportunities for new and current volunteers. These events provide participants opportunities to meet others that are interested in taking action to improve waterway health.

The MCMC Waterwatch program currently supports 8 volunteer groups, who conduct regular monitoring of water quality at 15 sites in the Merri, Edgars, Darebin, Moonee Ponds and Lower Yarra catchments including Westgate Park and Trin Warren wetlands in Parkville. We also support These groups are outlined in table 1. Currently we have 15 trained participants that lead these groups, with many other community members volunteering their time on a regular basis. New volunteers are welcome at many of these groups. It’s a great opportunity to meet others who are concerned about local creeks and to help do something about improving the water quality.

Table 1. Waterwatch monitoring groups their sites, and who to contact to join in. Updated January 2020.

Waterwatch Site Code *

Site Description

Name of monitoring group

Council area

Days sampling is conducted

Contact

ME_YMR112

Merri Creek, upstream of St Georges Rd Bridge, Fitzroy North.

Friends of Merri Creek, Merri Creek Stream Team

Cities of Darebin, Moreland and Yarra.

1st Sunday of each month.

Trevor Hausler

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

0458 257 611

ME_YMR119

Merri Creek adjacent to Northcote Golf Club and the Bicycle Velodrome.

Merri Creek at Northcote Waterwatch group

Cities of Darebin and  Moreland.

4th Saturday morning of each month.

This group does not require new members at this time. Please consider joining one of the other wonderful groups.

ME_YDA435

Darebin Creek at Murray Road, Preston.

Darebin Creek Preston Waterwatch group

City of Darebin.

4th Sunday of each month.

Peter Timmermans This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YDA436

Large stormwater drain entering Darebin Creek at Murray Road, Preston.

Darebin Creek Preston Waterwatch group

City of Darebin.

4th Sunday of each month.

Peter Timmermans This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YED070

Edgars Creek, upstream of Edwardes Lake, Leamington Street, Reservoir.

Edgars Creek Waterwatch group (Reservoir Frogs)

City of Darebin.

3rd Sunday of each month

Kyle O’Farrell

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ME_YED030

Edgars Creek, Ronald Street, Newlands.

Friends of Edgars Creek Waterwatch Group

City of Moreland.

3rd Sunday of each month.

Trevor Hausler

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

0458 257 611

ME_YWP001

Westgate Park – Saltwater Lake (near Todd Road) Port Melbourne

Westgate Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Ying Quek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YWP002

Freshwater Lake Inlet @ Westgate Park

Westgate Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Ying Quek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YWP003

Westgate Park – Freshwater Lake (outlet) Port Melbourne

Westgate Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Ying Quek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YWP004

Westgate Park Dam (inlet) Port Melbourne

Westgate Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Ying Quek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YWP005

Westgate Park Dam (outlet) Port Melbourne

Westgate Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

2nd Saturday of each month.

Ying Quek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ME_YTW005

Trin Warren Tamboore wetlands, inlet, Royal Park, Parkville

Friends of Royal Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

Currently not meeting- new volunteers needed

Julia Cirillo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

93808199

ME_YTW010

Trin Warren Tamboore wetlands, outlet, Royal Park, Parkville

Friends of Royal Park Waterwatch Group

City of Melbourne.

Currently not meeting- new volunteers needed

Julia Cirillo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

93808199

 ME_YDA558  Darebin Creek at Darebin Parklands, upstream of rail line, Alphington Darebin Creek Management Committee City of Darebin 1 week day each  month (usually Fridays)

Peter Grenfell

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ME_YFM980 Five Mile Creek, end of Governors Road, Essendon Five Mile Creek Waterwatch Group City of Moonee Valley 1st Saturday of each month

Charles Fist

charles.nfist@gmail.com

Waterwatch monitoring volunteer groups are supported by the Waterwatch program with a range of services, including supply of chemicals for their testing equipment, field equipment, a range of training opportunities, data collation training, Quality Assurance and Quality Control events and ongoing group support. This support is funded by contributions from both Council (the Cities of Darebin, Moreland, Whittlesea and Yarra) and Melbourne Water.

Waterwatch supports citizen science to monitor water quality effectively. MCMC’s Waterwatch Coordinator conducts Quality Assurance, Quality Control (QAQC), frog census, water bug census, database and other training for new and existing water quality monitors. All the water quality data collected by the groups can be accessed by the public on the Victorian Waterwatch Database at: http://www.vic.waterwatch.org.au/

What support is available to become a Waterwatch volunteer?
    • Water Quality Monitoring kits are available for long term loans.
    • A monitoring manual includes sections on: Habitat surveys, biological surveys, physical and chemical tests, from results to actions and resources
    • Fundraising advice for groups who need to raise money for the purchase of monitoring equipment
  • Invitations to attend Waterwatch Melbourne events
  • Information on the health of your local waterways
  • Meet others who are interested in protecting and improving the health of our waterways   
  • Training opportunities
What do groups measure?

Testing parameters include pH, Conductivity, Temperature, Turbidity, Phosphate, Ammonia and Dissolved Oxygen, Visual Habitat assessment, Litter surveys and Macroinvertebrate surveys (water bugs).

Jane the Waterwatch Coordinator

For more information please visit: the Waterwatch Program at Melbourne Water or Waterwatch Victoria.

Our Waterways Programs are designed to make the community and students more aware of issues surrounding water quality and understand what we can all do to improve the water flowing into Merri Creek in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and beyond.

Waterwatch at MCMC

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.At Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) all members of the community are welcome to join us in our creek investigations. Our local waterways are full of opportunities for learning - whether you are at the primary, secondary or tertiary stage of your education or an interested community member. Waterwatch is a community education program that assists community groups to use water monitoring equipment and standard procedures to assess the water quality of their local waterways.

For more information on the program for adults see here or call the Waterwatch Coordinator at MCMC to talk about what interests you on 9380 8199       or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

What is Waterwatch?

Waterwatch is a free river health education and monitoring program. It is part of the State water quality-monitoring network, Waterwatch Victoria. The primary goal of Waterwatch is to foster community awareness, understanding and ownership of local water quality issues, through active involvement in monitoring the health of Melbourne’s creeks, rivers and wetlands. The program achieves this goal by providing a range of structured river health activities, which are hands on, practical, fun and highly educational.
Waterwatch activities cater for a broad range of participants with varying levels of expertise. The overall objective of the Waterwatch program is to provide the structure, expertise, and support required to empower school and community members to achieve the following:
1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of national and local river health and water quality issues,new recruits learning to take a water sample Merri Creek Northcote
2. Learn how to collect valuable scientific information associated with the water quality of local creeks, rivers or wetlands
3. Interpret the information collected and understand what it means.
4. Discuss findings with catchment managers and contribute to the development of management recommendations
5. Become actively involved in the implementation of on-ground works and the monitoring of their success

Participating groups include primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions, community, conservation and friends groups, local government representatives and individuals. During 2017/18 within there were 117 active monitoring groups monitoring 768 active sites throughout Victorian catchment areas. Over 12,000 people particpated in Waterwatch community events, and there were 1,477 Waterwatch volunteers.  Waterwatch monitoring groups (school students and community members) regularly monitor the health of waterways in their local area and work in partnership with water authorities, local government, landholders and business to improve environmental conditions of local creeks, rivers and wetlands. (taken from the 2017/18 Estuarywatch and Waterwatch Annual Achievements report).
Waterwatch is divided into seven regions across the Port Phillip and Western Port region, each with their own coordinator and program. The Merri Creek and Moonee Ponds Catchment is funded by Melbourne Water, Moreland City Council, Yarra City Council, Whittlesea City Council, Darebin City Council and Moonee Valley Council and supported by the Victorian Government.

Merri Events Calendar