Streamwatch Get involved

Get involved in the Streamwatch programs to learn more about your local aquatic ecosystem.

Waterbug Watch is an AM citizen science initiative

Waterbug Watch is an AM citizen science initiative
Photographer: Greg McDonald © Australian Museum

There are many ways to be part of the Streamwatch program from active participation in collecting activities to learning about the health of your local waterways.

The Australian Museum Streamwatch website provides information about freshwater, catchments and how to investigate your local biodiversity.

The Australian Museum is taking over the coordination of the community groups involved in Streamwatch. These participating community groups receive Streamwatch kits that enable them to test a variety of water quality parameters including temperature, pH, electrical conductivity, turbidity, available phosphate and dissolved oxygen. Macroinvertebrates (water bug) surveys can also be done in conjunction with the water quality tests.

Community groups get involved in Streamwatch for many reasons including:

  • investigating and understanding their local catchment
  • identifying local water quality issues, their source and possible solutions
  • assessing water quality impacts of their environmental improvement programs
  • taking local action to improve water quality and catchment health
  • networking with others who have similar interests.

The Australian Museum took over the running of Streamwatch from Sydney Water in 2012.

If you have a group interested in joining Streamwatch please contact us. If you are not part of a group and still wish to join, please contact us and we may be able to put you in touch with a Streamwatch group in your area.

Sydney Water is a founding partner of the Streamwatch program.

For sponsorship opportunities of this program please email

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Karen Player , Manager Museum Outreach
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