As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

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.

Waterbug identification guide and resources

Check out the following resources to help you identify and learn more about waterbugs. 

Download waterbug resources

Waterbugs in Melbourne's waterways map

Waterbugs in our waterways poster



A beginner's guide to waterbug identification


waterbugs data form

Waterbug data recording sheet


What waterbugs can you find

Waterbug identification chart


Other resources

Waterbug census

Waterbug census training

Waterbugs let us know how healthy our water is, and you can too. By joining the Waterbug Census and monitoring your local macroinvertebrates, you’ll help us check the health of our rivers and creeks.

Waterbug census


Last updated:
23 April 2020