Welcome to the Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch monitoring site

We have finally moved sites!

Click here to goto the new site

You can no longer add data to this site and will need to enter it into the new site instead.

However, please hold off on doing this until all data has been moved across to the new site. This should take a few weeks. Please check with your Waterwatch coordinator for when the site is ready to use.

If you have not already done so, you will need to create a user account on the Atlas of Living Australia.

Note, this is separate to your current registration on the BDRS.

You can use the same username and password as you have for this site but you still need to physically register as your login doesn't automatically transfer across.

Further information for volunteers on BioCollect and how to enter Waterwatch data will be emailed separately.

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About this site

This site houses the database for Waterwatch projects in the Upper Murrumbidgee and ACT, including the Yass, Lake George, Ginninderra, Molonglo, and Southern ACT sub-catchments and the Cooma Region.

The database provides the greater Canberra community with an excellent long-term indication of the condition of their waterways, and valuable information to improve the management of the waterways and their catchments.

The Waterwatch program is a partnership between the ACT government and a large number of amazing volunteer community groups and individuals who set aside a small amount of time each month to collect a range of water quality data at over 320 sites established throughout the region.

Information collected by volunteers contributes to our understanding of the health of the catchments and is a way of monitoring the effects of changes in land management practices.

Data is collected using standard equipment and methods and volunteers are trained in their use to ensure that results are consistent and comparable.



Current survey projects include:

  • Water quality monitoring - physical and chemical parameters and conspicuous algae observations
  • Macro-invertebrate surveys - identifying and counting water-bugs (a great activity for kids!)
  • Rapid assessment of riparian condition (RARC) - looking at the condition of the riparian (stream) environments
We are also aiming to expand our monitoring in the near future to include:
  • Frogwatch surveys - identifying and counting frogs by sight and sound
  • Platypus surveys - Counting sightings of platypus

Please take the time to discover what volunteers are doing to monitor the health of our catchments.

If you would like to GET INVOLVED, please follow the above links to contact the catchment coordinator in your sub-catchment of interest.

Latest Statistics

Number of users 327
Total number of records 29622

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