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Join our water quality citizen science project

We need your help checking water quality in our region. Help us make sure our rivers and streams are clean and healthy. Every drop in the bucket helps. Join our water sampling citizen science project today.

If you:

  • live in or close to the Northern Gulf region

  • are travelling through the Northern Gulf region

You’re welcome to join this project.

Citizen science is everyday people doing vital research that helps us all learn and live better lives. Get involved. Join the thousands of people across Australia involved in citizen science.  

Check out the data our citizen scientists have collected so far!

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It’s easy to help!

Get your free water quality testing kit
Call our Mareeba office (4092 1088)

We need samples from:

  • river

  • lake

  • stream

  • creek

  • large dams that are connected to other watercourses

We don’t need samples taken from small dams, water tanks, or any other minor water bodies.

Submit your results online

Before submitting your Water Quality Test Results, remember:

Follow the Instructions Carefully!

To collect accurate results, we need you to read the instructions for your Earth Force LowCost Water Testing Kit very carefully.

The kit includes a manual with step-by-step, diagrammed instructions, an easy-to-use laminated color chart, and all the necessary bits and pieces to test ten water samples (three samples for coliform testing).

Good science is safe science!

When you’re gathering data, always be safe:

  • if you’re a minor, you must have adult supervision

  • wash your hands after handling water samples

  • wear appropriate clothing (like enclosed, outdoor shoes)

  • be sun smart

  • be croc wise

  • assess the risks! Ask yourself these questions:

    • What’s the safest spot to sample water?

    • Is it too slick/muddy to safely sample today?

    • Are there any hazards I need to avoid
      (dead tree limbs overhead, loose rocks underfoot)?

Once you’ve safely and accurately gathered your data, submit your findings below!

Water Quality Citizen Science Project

Submit your results using the form below!

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