Water Quality Monitoring Programme

Living Laboratory Trust Sign at Styx Mill Conservation Area Reserve

The Community Water Quality Monitoring Programme began in 2002 when a pilot programme, to identify the issues and opportunities associated with implementing such a programme, was undertaken in conjunction with Waterwatch (Lincoln University) and members of the Guardians of the Styx. Since the completion of that pilot, volunteer members of the community have regularly monitored water quality at a number of sites throughout the catchment.

SHMAK kits are used for our monitoring program. 

On the third Saturday of every month, community water quality monitors take water samples, measurements and write down observations about the water quality, vegetation, and wildlife.

You will be given instructions and paired up with with another volunteer. And it's rather rewarding to be part of looking after our waterways.


  • Meet at THE STYXLL TRUST Laboratory at 130 Hussey Road, Harewood. 
    The laboratory is in the CCC Park Rangers compound, north of the STYX Conservation Park). 
    Turn in the driveway, the lab is the dark building to the left.


  • Third Saturday of each month commencing at 10 am.  If weather is unsuitable, or the day is changed, the WQ Coordinator will contact all signed up volunteers.  

Volunteers need to bring

  • Sturdy outdoor clothing & footwear for muddy & wet conditions

For more information

  • To sign up for the upcoming monitoring session, please contact Leo or Julia at
  • Once you sign up, you be given more information on the day, including that day's coordinator's contact information.