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Goal: education and engagement

The purpose of water monitoring programs for education and engagement are:

  • Awareness: raise the profile of water issues with members of the public
  • Education: introduce basic concepts of river and catchment health monitoring
  • Engagement: invite people to take part in more formal monitoring schemes


  • Likely to be low-cost and easy-to-use techniques, or visual assessment only
  • applied in an ad hoc / informal manner
  • training / support materials available at the point of need (i.e. little or no prior knowledge required)
  • resultant data is not always analysed. When it is high-level summaries are typical

Best practices



  • Big River Watch – unstructured visual assessment – Tier 0 (link to details)
  • Freshwater Watch WaterBlitz –  unstructured, ‘one-off’ with Tier 1 methods (link to details)

Updated on January 9, 2024

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