Merri Creek Management Committee's (MCMC) ecological restoration work was recognised in an award presented by Melbourne Water in March 2019. The Exceptional Contribution Award was for MCMC's efforts to improve riparian condition through Melbourne Water's River Health Incentives Program.

Ryan van den Hove, a Waterway and Land Officer with Melbourne Water, said it was a pleasure to present MCMC with this award that acknowledges Melbourne Water’s appreciation for the successful, high quality projects delivered by MCMC during the group's long history participating in the program.

Ryan cited three recent projects in the City of Hume, all in Craigieburn - Aitken Creek's Living Pathways, Merri Models at Rushwood Drive Reserve on Merri Creek and Loving Laffan on Merri Creek just south of Kalkallo.

In 2018 Melbourne Water began an annual award program to recognise the hard work and exceptional contributions being made by Stakeholders, Community and Landholders, with support through Melbourne Water’s River Health Incentives Program. This Program provides river health grants to community groups and landholders.