Council monitors the health of local waterways with our Strategic Water Monitoring Program (SWaMP).

(SWaMP) has two main components:

  • Physical and chemical monitoring
  • Biological monitoring

Physical and chemical monitoring

Every month Council measures the health of our waterways by comparing the levels of specific physical and chemical contaminants to levels found in healthy waterways.

Report a water pollution issue

Biological monitoring

Council’s Aquatic Ecologist collects and identifies freshwater waterbugs (also called macroinvertebrates) from each test site.

Waterbugs are pollution-sensitive animals found in almost all water bodies. Their presence and condition are good indicators of water quality.

Adversaechna Brevistyla Adversaechna Brevistyla
Red dragonfly Libellulidae Diplacodes Haematodes
Laccotrephes Tristis Laccotrephes Tristis

SWaMP Report Cards

Council produces annual reports, based on the sample results.

Report an environmental issue

You can help keep our waterways clean by reporting pollution to Council.