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What is Citizen Science?


Citizen science is scientific research conducted by volunteers who are passionate about protecting and monitoring the environment around their community.

Why get involved in Citizen Science?

  • It connects you to people in your community with similar interests
  • You get to collaborate with scientists and people who make decisions about your local environment
  • It provides you with quality, hands-on experience in field work and monitoring activities
  • You contribute to the improvement and management of habitats for native plants and animals
  • It gives an insight into land management and how environmental authorities make informed decisions
  • It shows how data contributes to important river health work

How to get involved

We are currently looking for Waterwatch citizen scientists from these regions:

Western District Lakes
  • Colac
  • Camperdown
  • Lismore
  • Cressy
Barwon River
  • Winchelsea
  • Birregurra
  • Forrest
  • Geelong
Moorabool River
  • Ballan
  • Batesford
  • Meredith
  • Ballarat
  • Lal Lal
  • Carlisle River
  • Kennedy Creek
  • Simpson
  • Ballarat
  • Buninyong
  • Inverleigh

We are currently looking for EstuaryWatch citizen scientists from these regions:

Barwon Estuary
  • Barwon Heads
  • Ocean Grove
Thompson Creek
  • Breamlea
Anglesea Estuary
  • Anglesea
Gellibrand Estuary
  • Princetown
Curdies Estuary
  • Peterborough

Become a Citizen Scientist today

If you’re interested in becoming a citizen scientist and undertaking water quality testing activities please fill out the form below.


River Detectives

Exploring local waterways with students

This hands-on program is an initiative of Catchment Management Authorities that supports teachers and leaders to connect young people to their local waterway.

Schools and youth community groups can apply to be a part of the program which, if successful, allows your group to lend a water quality monitoring kit, for the teacher or leader to attend training sessions and the ability to access more activities, resources and an interactive data recording portal on this website.

Spaces in the River Detectives program are limited. Applications generally open in November for the following school year.


Keep up to date with environmental volunteering in the Corangamite region including the Waterwatch, EstuaryWatch and Western District Ramsar Lakes Photopoint monitoring programs. Learn how we track the health of waterways and catchments and discover community engagement events and opportunities happening across the region.




For more information contact Corangamite CMA Citizen Science managers:

Deirdre Murphy –

Kristen Lees –

These programs are supported by Barwon Water, Central Highlands Water and City of Ballarat.