Programs and initiatives

Citizen science projects


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Drain Detectives

The Drain Detectives program ends in April 2020.

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.

Help us track the movement of dust around the Latrobe Valley

Knowing how dust moves around the Valley will help us manage dust as best we can and protect people’s health.

Record when your home is impacted by dust to help us understand trends in the area. We’ll use your observations, weather conditions and air quality samples taken by trained volunteers to study the impact dust is having on residents of the Latrobe Valley.

Our team of community members designed the study to answer the questions: “Where is the dust at my home coming from? And how is it affecting the air inside my home?”

Have you experienced a dusty day at your home in the Latrobe Valley? Keep track of dust observations using this form.

Contact us if you would like to become a trained volunteer and use equipment to monitor dust at your home.

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.

Zinc mapping

EPA is working in partnership with RMIT to collect data on emergent contaminants in regional Victorian waterways.

RMIT is investigating the presence of pesticides in sediment across ten Victorian waterways (Pesticide Detectives).

EPA is working with citizen scientists to map zinc levels in sediment. Zinc has been identified as an accurate indicator for stormwater pollution. EPA is working in collaboration with Waterwatch, Landcare and local community groups.

Page last updated on 3 Apr 2020