River Detectives is an engaging, cross-curricular environmental education initiative connecting young people to nature by caring for their local waterway. Students learn about the importance of healthy waterways and catchments through citizen-science activities; water quality testing, macroinvertebrate sampling and habitat surveys. They gain knowledge of the vital role waterways play in sustaining land, flora, fauna, people and communities. Participating schools are provided with equipment, training, support and teaching resources.
The state-wide River Detectives program is generously sponsored by Agnico Eagle Australia Community Partnership Program. The sponsorship enables the co-ordination and delivery of the program across four regions.
2023 River Detectives delivery partners
- North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA)
- Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA)
- North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA)
- Wimmera Catchment Management Authority (CMA)
- Melbourne Water*
*Melbourne Water’s participation in the program is secured through separate funding.
Statewide Mid-Year Report
North East CMA
Coordinator Anna Hall
Telephone: 1300 216 513
Mobile: 0458 463 340
Work hours: (Part time) Monday 8am – 4pm
The North East CMA employed a new part-time employee, Anna Hall, to coordinate the delivery of the River Detectives program in 2023. This is an extremely positive move for the region to ensure priority is placed on the program to foster deeper relationships and continuity between the CMA and schools.
During Terms 1 and 2, the coordinator focused on assisting with the registration of 11 new schools, providing monitoring kits and refreshing those kits already with schools, selecting and adding sites to the schools’ online accounts and networking with teachers involved in the program.