Programs and initiatives

Citizen science projects

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Drain Detectives

We are inviting members of the public to become citizen scientists to help us monitor water quality on some Port Phillip Bay beaches. Starting in November 2018, the Drain Detectives project will monitor beaches in Sandringham, Mentone, Mordialloc, Dromana and Rye. It is expected that a combination of water quality sensors and public information will help us better understand and manage pollution from drains.

Latrobe Valley dust research

The Latrobe Valley dust research  project aims to give us better understanding of air quality in the Latrobe Valley. Community members were invited to help us design a scientific study about dust (particulate matter).

EPA held study and design sessions in late June 2018.

Caring for Waterhole Creek

Community members examine a vegetation sample from Waterhole Creek

Caring for Waterhole Creek program was a collaboration between EPA and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA). Starting in February 2017, this year-long campaign consisted of volunteers monitoring water quality on a fortnightly basis at a number of sites along Waterhole Creek.

The aim of the campaign was to gather important water quality information to support current and future management and regulatory practices in the Waterhole Creek catchment.

Find out more about the results from Caring for Waterhole Creek, or read our case study.

Latrobe Valley air monitoring co-design

The air monitoring co-design panel has developed a blueprint for a more extensive air monitoring network in the Latrobe Valley.

More than 30 community members participated in the co-design process, which developed a single model for the air monitoring network. Community members were supported by EPA's air scientists and local experts during the design process.

Find out more about the Latrobe Valley enhanced air monitoring network.

Page last updated on 3 Jul 2019