Looking for new River Detectives

Taking a look: Morgan Johnson, Felicity Johnson (teacher), Bethany Garratt and Natalie Read of Goornong Primary School checking the water quality in the Campaspe River as part of the school’s River Detectives curriculum.

Groups and schools keen to learn more about their local waterways are being encouraged to take part in the River Detectives program.

Run by North Central Catchment Management Authority, the program supports students to learn how water, land, plants, animals, people and communities are linked through monthly water testing.

Schools are provided with equipment, support, training and teaching resources.

North Central CMA’s Tania MacLeod said River Detectives was a fun way to learn and could be tailored to specific learning objectives and remote schooling.

“It enables students to gain an intimate knowledge and love for their local waterway through a variety of hands-on activities, including regular water-quality testing, water-bug sampling and habitat surveys,” she said.

“River Detectives aligns with the Australian curriculum framework, offering cross-curricular activities to promote understanding of waterways as integral features of a healthy ecosystem and healthy community.

“Students develop skills in monitoring and enhancing riparian habitats and are encouraged to become custodians of their local waterway.”

Ms MacLeod is encouraging new schools and youth groups in the catchment to register for next year’s program.

“We’re especially keen to find new schools near Bendigo Creek, the Campaspe and Coliban rivers, and the Gunbower and lower Loddon River areas,” she said.

“These waterways align with some key projects and priority areas over the next few years, and data collected by schools or groups will feed directly into them.

“If you’re a teacher, a parent or a community member with a passion for your local waterway and environment, you’re invited to get involved.”

To find out more about the program and how it could work in a school near you, visit or phone Ms MacLeod on 5448 7124.