Sponsored by - Hunter Central Rivers CMA, Hawkesbury Nepean CMA and Gosford/Wyong Councils' Water Authority
The Central Coast Waterwatch website is co-ordinated by CEN's Samantha "Sam" Kneeves and can be found at: http://www.cen.org.au/Projects/Waterwatch
Waterwatch training session (CEN) at Wyong River in 2006
Photo: Sam Kneeves
What is Waterwatch?
Waterwatch is a national community water monitoring program that encourages all Australians to become involved and active in the protection and management of their waterways and catchments. Waterwatch groups on the Central Coast are currently monitoring the water quality in Ourimbah Creek, Wyong River, Bryant's Creek, Warnervale, Narara Creek, Cockrone Lagoon, Kincumber Creek, Woy Woy Bay, Brisbane Waters, Lake Macquarie (Mannering Park) and others. The Community Environment Network (CEN) conducts Waterwatch programs, whereby volunteers (of all ages and backgrounds) and school children are taught how to analyse and monitor the water quality of various local water bodies in local catchments. The details are compiled in a data base and compared with the national ANZECC standards.
Waterwatch and Streamwatch - What is the difference?
While Waterwatch data is used state-wide (and specifically for our catchment), Streamwatch programs relate only to the Sydney Water Catchment and it's data is collected on a different database but uses the same equipment and methods.
For more information, see - www.streamwatch.org.au
What happens with the data?
The information from the database is used by stakeholders, including local councils. The Water quality guidelines for aquatic ecosystems, recreation and drinking water is taken from the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines (ANZECC guidelines) for Fresh and Marine Water Quality and from the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.
For more information, see - http://www.environment.gov.au/about/councils/anzecc
The ANZECC guidelines were released in 2000 by the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC) and by the Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand (ARMCANZ).
Waterwatch volunteer S. Smith taking water samples from Wyong Creek
Photo: Sam Kneeves, 2006