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What is the Waterbug Blitz?

The National Waterbug Blitz is Australia’s first nationwide waterway monitoring event. 

Each year, Australians are encouraged to become ‘citizen scientists’ and investigate how healthy their local waterways and wetlands are, simply by exploring and identifying what waterbugs they contain.  The type and number of waterbugs found in a waterway can tell us a lot about how healthy that waterway is.

Find out how to get involved, as anyone can participate.


The Waterbug App2  Kalang River Waterbug Blitz




Download The Waterbug App now!

 The Waterbug App is for identifying and uploading your data to let us know the health of your waterway!

 The Waterbug App    Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play


Like us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @waterbugblitz to keep up to date with Waterbug Blitz news!


The Waterbug Blitz Team are waiting to see what ongoing changes occur with COVID-19 regarding Waterbug Blitz Training Workshop events. If you would still like to express your interest in hosting an event in your local area in the future, please email us at

It's not essential to complete training to do a Waterbug Blitz. Check out our 'How To' videos.


2019 Waterbug Photo Competition Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Waterbug Blitz Photo Competition. We received a great selection of photos of a high standard across three categories. Winners received an Olympus Tough TG-6 camera and we hope to see more great macroinvertebrate pics soon! All entries can be viewed here Waterbug Photo Competition 

Photo Comp Location winner - Alicia Bowman