EstuaryWatch Victoria won the Victorian Coastal Award for Community Engagement in May, highlighting their volunteers’ outstanding contribution to protecting coastal and marine environments.

The Coastal Awards recognised EstuaryWatch for its ability to produce quality data across Victoria on coastal and marine environments, saying the community group is fast becoming a global leader in collecting, storing and communicating long-term data-sets in estuary condition.

After being ‘out on field’, these skilled citizen scientists submit their estuary observations through a web portal which collates the data from around the state about the condition of Victoria’s estuaries. There are 18 EstuaryWatch groups in Victoria and their efforts have resulted in an incredible 6731 observations to date.

EstuaryWatch’s Victorian Coordinator Rose Herben from Corangamite Catchment Management Authority accepted the award from the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change on May 17, 2018.

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting community partnerships and citizen science through programs such as EstuaryWatch (Water for Victoria Action 3.8) with a $222 million investment to protect and improve the health of waterways, catchments and estuaries across Victoria. 

Four women pose with trophy and framed award EstuaryWatch volunteers, image courtesy EstuaryWatch