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For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

Webinar: Waterbugs – an introduction to identification

Waterbugs can be a great indicator of ecosystem health. Join freshwater ecologist John Gooderham for a walkthrough of the waterbug identification process (waterbug ID) for several live specimens – a process that's central to Melbourne Water's Waterwatch program, The Waterbug Census. This webinar was recorded on 11 June, 2020.

13 October 2020
Audio described version

More information

For more information, visit our Waterbug Census webpage.


The resources used in this webinar can be accessed through:

About the presenter

John Gooderham is a freshwater ecologist who spends his professional life working with waterbugs as a researcher, author, consultant and teacher. He was co-creator of The Waterbug App, and one of the instigators of The National Waterbug Blitz.

Melbourne Water and industry professionals have partnered to bring you Waterwatch ‘Expert Connections’, a webinar series connecting industry professionals with the volunteers, community groups and other practitioners working together to protect our waterways. View all events in this series.