See the ‘ Bellarine Catchment’ page for a detailed description of the catchment.
The citizen-science-based Corangamite Waterwatch program has been monitoring the water quality in the Bellarine catchment since 1997. Monitoring of habitat, water quality parameters and aquatic macroinvertebrates (waterbugs) has been undertaken in Hovells Creek and Cowies Creek in the Geelong Region and further east at Yarram Creek and other waterways flowing into Swan Bay.
To assess water quality, the Report Cards employ a range of parameters such as dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, salinity, water clarity and nutrients. Whilst the Waterwatch program uses a similar methodology and water quality parameters, they are not consistent with the data collected in the other catchments used in this Report Card. Therefore, a water quality index has not been calculated for the Bellarine catchment.
An assessment of the 2014–15 Waterwatch data indicates that poor waterway conditions are present in the Bellarine region. The poor water quality is associated with sediment load, nutrient pollution, and algal blooms resulting from land use and development activities in both rural and urban areas.
For further information about the Corangamite Waterwatch program contact the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA).
Driven by the key water quality and land degradation issues identified by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, major projects were implemented to improve water quality across the region. Initiatives include: