Catchment Care

Engaging Schools to Improve Water Quality and Catchment Health

Hunter Water has proudly partnered with Hunter Local Land Services to provide the School Engagement Project. The project provides a series of educational opportunities focused on building the capacity of teachers and schools to learn about catchment health, monitor the conditions in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and engage the community on reducing threats to water quality.

Projects include:

Waterwatch Program

Students are taught how to test the quality of their local waterway using simple testing methods. They also undertake macroinvertebrate (water bug) surveys, which are an indicator of catchment health. For more information about the Waterwatch program, click here.

Catchment Crawls

Students are taken on a bus tour of their local catchment, learning about local catchment issues and how we all play a part in caring for our catchments. Activities undertaken include water testing, water bug surveys, aboriginal dancing, litter surveys and learning about the animals that live in the catchment. Have a look at the 'What is a Catchment Crawl' video on YouTube for more information.

School Brochure and Poster Competitions

Students design and produce brochures or posters to assist the community to understand how their everyday actions affect their local waterways. The result is increased awareness and changed attitudes and actions relating to water quality, thereby improving catchment health. 

To view previous winners of this competition click on the documents below:

Iona Public School Winner 1                         Iona Public School Winner 2

Morpeth Public School Winner                      St Joseph's Dungog Winner

Maitland Grossman High School Winner       

Get Involved

To get involved in the School Engagement Program, contact (02) 4938 4958. For more information about Hunter Local Land Services, click here.

Download activity sheets from our Teacher Resources page.

Student and Teacher Testimonials

'It was a fun day and a great experience. I thought the water bugs were really cool.' - Williams River Catchment Crawl participant 2015

'I learnt a lot about my catchment and how we can look after it. I didn't know that I lived in a drinking water catchment' - Port Stephens Catchment Crawl participant 2014

'What a fantastic educational experience for the students! We will definitely be interested in participating in the next Catchment Crawl.' - Port Stephens Catchment Crawl participant (teacher) 2014