International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Contact Detail

Rebekah Ritchie Ideas Activities
  • Manager Healthy waterways Waterwatch, Melbourne Water
    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Email
    Tel 0392355387
  • Sector:

  • Organizations:

    Melbourne Water
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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Healthy Waterways Waterwatch Program connects people with their waterway. We provide a range of activities suitable for all ages, ranging from pre-school level through to adult.

Activities can be tailored to meet the needs of specific groups. Our support and expertise enables schools and the community to:

- understand waterway health issues

- discover how to improve the health of our rivers and creeks

- become involved in activities to improve the health of our rivers and creeks

- learn how to monitor and collect data from waterways

- interpret and understand water quality data.

We provide education resources and support for teachers wanting to involve their class in an education program or raise awareness of waterway health issues amongst students.

Waterwatch volunteers are taught to monitor water quality, conduct water bug (macroinvertebrate) surveys and assess habitats. Monitoring groups are provided with specialised training and receive ongoing support from their Waterwatch Coordinator to develop and implement their own monitoring program. Information collected by these groups is made available to Melbourne Water, the EPA and local councils to help identify what can be done at a local level to improve our rivers and creeks.

Our activities and events are aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of waterways and waterway health. We host school holiday programs, forums, workshops and information nights, all of which are free to attend.

We also attend a number of community festivals, where we explore a sample of water bugs and answer your questions about waterway health.