What is Waterwatch?
Waterwatch involves local community catchment groups, Landcare, as well as residents, schools, utilities and landowners to regularly monitor the water quality of local creeks, wetlands, lake, rivers and stormwater drains.
What area does Cooma Waterwatch cover?
The Cooma Waterwatch program covers the upper Murrumbidgee River catchment south of the ACT border [map].
Where can you find us?
Cooma Waterwatch is based in the Cooma South East Local Lands Services offices on Soho St, Cooma.
Your Cooma Waterwatch Coordinator is Antia Brademann. She can also be contacted via telephone: 0429778633 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy catchments indicate healthy ecosystems with thriving fish, frogs, birds, plants and people. Waterwatch raises awareness of water quality issues by engaging the whole community in promoting change and stewardship of our waterways.
Where can you access the Waterwatch data?
The Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch monitoring site (link) 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.
Waterwatchers make a difference/what is the Waterwatch data used for?
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.
Waterwatch groups have initiated numerous positive community based conservation activities such as creek restoration, willow removal, litter clean-ups, weed eradication, habitat development and reduced use of pesticides and fertilisers.
How can I become a Waterwatcher?
Anyone who cares about our local waterways can become a Waterwatcher. Waterwatchers work out in the bush or in their own neighbourhoods a few hours a month, or a few hours a year. Waterwatch provides all the training and equipment you need to do physical and chemical analysis, macro-invertebrate surveys, riparian assessments, and frog censuses. Join as a group, a family, or an individual by contacting your local Waterwatch Coordinator Antia Brademann.
Partners and supporters
The Cooma Waterwatch program is made possible thanks to the support of Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch, ACT Government, icon WATER and NSW South East Local Land Services.