2023-T3-Waterwatch - Citizen Science - Workshop #2


Discover the Waterwatch Citizen Science Program

Workshop 2: Learning how to measure the physical and chemical indicators in a waterway.

In this second Workshop, you will learn to collect and analyse the physical and chemical characteristics of a water sample from a local waterway.

Depending on the weather, there may be a short excursion outside to the Specimen Vale Creek. Please wear suitable outdoor, waterproof and warm clothing.

The Ballarat East Neighbourhood House will be hosting a Waterwatch Victoria Water Quality Testing Kit and we are currently helping the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority to recruit volunteers to their team. Please contact us for more information. 

About the Program

The Corangamite Waterwatch Citizen Science program has supported community water quality monitoring on regional waterways, including the Yarrowee, Leigh and Moorabool Rivers since 1995. Many Ballarat residents may have had an introduction to the program when visiting our “Wonderful Water Bugs “ displays at the Ballarat Begonia Festival each year.

We are currently looking for passionate community members to join us in testing the waters of Lake Wendouree, Lake Esmond and the Yarrowee and Leigh Rivers and associated wetlands.

The normal suite of tests done by the Waterwatch Community Monitoring Program include dissolved oxygen, pH, electrical conductivity, temperature, reactive phosphorus and turbidity. Volunteers are trained and provided with equipment and support to do monthly monitoring.

A Quality Assurance Quality Control (QA/QC) program is implemented, which focuses on training in appropriate calibration procedures, servicing of equipment, and checking of data.

The Corangamite Waterwatch Citizen Science team enjoyed presenting to the Ballarat community in partnership with the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House during National Science Week, 12-20 August. The free presentation, Water Bugs as River Health Indicators, was held on Wednesday 16 August at Barkly Square, Ballarat East. Participants learnt how our water quality data from Ballarat is collected and what it can tell us about the health of waterways in Ballarat.

There are two Waterwatch Sites in broader Ballarat East, one at Lake Esmond and the other near the Prest Street bridge, Mount Pleasant.

All water quality data collected is entered into the publicly available Waterwatch Data Management System and is available from the Waterwatch Data Portal. Have a look at a Waterwatch site near you. If you have a passion for your local waterway you may wish to register your interest in becoming a Waterwatch monitor.

The Corangamite Citizen Science program is proud to be supported by the City of Ballarat and Central Highlands Water.

  • WhenTuesday, 22nd Aug 2023
    11:30 PM - 2:00 AM
  • Where

    Ballarat East Neighbourhood House Community Room, Barkly Square

  • Facilitator


  • Could not find any active session.
    Ballarat East Neighbourhood House
    0422 612 052

    I agree to the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House Activity Term & Conditions

    Privacy Statement
    The Ballarat East Neighbourhood House will use the information provided in this registration form to communicate with the registered participant about the activity in which they have enrolled (for example: confirming activity details, finalising payments, changes such as cancellations or substitute teachers and priority enrolment opportunities for future activities). Where an email address has been provided, we will use your personal information to send you our regular email update and we may also send occasional extra communications about our activities, opportunities, relevant issues and about the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House more broadly. You may choose to opt out of the email updates. The Ballarat East Neighbourhood House's Privacy Policy is available at ballarateastnh.org.au/about-us/policies-procedures/privacy-policy-full. The policy contains important information about how you can access and request correction of information we hold about you, how you may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles and how the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House will deal with any privacy complaint. If you have any questions, our contact details are email: reception@ballarateastnh.org.au, phone: 0422 612 052 or post: Barkly Square: Wadawurrung Country, 25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat East, 3350 or PO Box 1443, Ballarat East, 3354.

    If you agree with the statement above, please check the box on the left to continue your registration.

    Cancellation and Refund Policies

    The Cancellation and Refund Policies form part of the Activity Terms and Conditions which are available in full online.

    Cancellation Policy

    Ballarat East Neighbourhood House (BENH) reserves the right to cancel activities if the required minimum number of participants enrolled prior to the activity starting date is not met. A full refund will be given for payments received.

    In the case that the activity teacher is unable to attend due to illness or an unexpected change of circumstances, the class may be postponed to a later date or cancelled. If the class is postponed and the rescheduled date does not suit a participant, a refund may be requested.

    Refund Policy

    Fee refunds are not automatic and must be applied for in writing to the Manager.

    The following will be taken into account before a Refund is issued:

    • Approved fee refunds are only processed after the fees have been cleared through the bank account.
    • A student excluded, suspended, or expelled under a BENH/Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre/ Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre policy or procedure is not entitled to a refund (except where any Commonwealth or State legislation or code of practice provides otherwise).
    • Where the student ceases training of their own volition prior to the midway point of the program (defined as midway through unit completion, or midway through time period of course, whichever is the earlier), the maximum fee refund will be 50% of the total fee payment.
    • Where the student ceases training of their own volition after the midway point of the program as defined above, no refund is payable.
    • Refunds will not be issued after course commencement except in exceptional circumstances or where funding guidelines stipulate this requirement. In exceptional circumstances a participant may apply in writing for special consideration of a refund for the following bereavement, hospitalisation and/or unexpectedly having to assume carer’s responsibilities.
    • BENH will not issue refunds for a change in working hours; inconvenient travel; moving interstate; job change or change of career direction or change of mind.
    • Actual attendance in class by the student will not be considered when assessing a refund request.