Waterwatch in Clifton Springs

Clifton Springs and Curlewis Coastcare Group's Hans Heine taking a water sample. (Ivan Kemp) 406946_04

By Jena Carr

Clifton Springs and Curlewis Coastcare Group have had a chance to learn about how water sampling and testing can benefit the region.

Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA) visited the group at Clifton Spring Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15, from 9.30am to noon to explain its Waterwatch program and its findings.

Clifton Springs and Curlewis Coastcare Group activity coordinator Rob Gardner said the event helped identify ways the group and surrounding community could look after the environment.

“(It helped) to teach anybody who’s interested about how waterwatch works in Victoria,” he said.

“What they do, how they get the results, the findings from those results which changes over the years and explain what it’s for, what it does and what we can do.”

Waterwatch is a community water monitoring program focused on waterway conditions, environmental education and awareness.

Mr Gardner said the group conducted a habitat restoration project along Clifton Springs Beach and that he loved the peaceful environment the area provided.

“It’s quiet and not as overwhelmed as some of the other areas. It has an amazing variety of fauna and flora,” he said

“The project mostly involves weeding at the moment, but we’ll be doing some planting in due course, and then we do some walks and talks along more neighbouring beaches.”

Visit ccma.vic.gov.au/get-involved/waterwatch for more information about Corangamite CMA’s Waterwatch program and how to get involved.