Water quality and litter

Improving water quality and reducing litter

Taking action to stop water pollution and litter before it gets into our waterways.

Projects


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Risk-based framework for urban waterway health

Applying a risk-based framework that helps councils consider water quality in urban catchments when they make land-use planning decisions.

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Risk-based framework for regional waterway health

Support the establishment of a new governance framework for the Richmond River catchment to manage diffuse source runoff in a regional area.

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Diffuse source water pollution strategy

Improving management of water pollution from diffuse sources in NSW.

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Building capacity on the risk-based framework

Increasing awareness of the risk-based framework through guidance forums and online portal.

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Review of the NSW water quality objectives

Reviewing the NSW Water Quality Objectives so they support current community values.

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Water quality working group

Working with other government agencies to improve the management of the marine estate’s water quality.

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Coastal floodplain study

Assessing coastal floodplain systems and infrastructure to assist decision makers in the enhancement of water quality, habitat and biodiversity.

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Aquatic biodiversity offsets

Protecting important coastal habitats by finding better ways to offset unavoidable impacts from development.

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Fish friendly workshops for councils

Delivering an education program to council staff about the protection of fish and fish habitat.

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Construction sediment management

Controlling sediment from construction sites through improved methods and development approval processes.

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Oyster reef restoration

Restoring natural oyster reefs to improve water quality, aquatic habitat and biodiversity.

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Oyster reef restoration research

Exploring better ways to restore oyster reefs.

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Riverbank vegetation improvements

Rehabilitating degraded riverbank vegetation to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff into waterways, help stabilise riverbanks and improve biodiversity.

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Clean coastal catchments on-ground

Working with farmers to keep sediment and nutrients on the farm and out of coastal waterways, while supporting profitable and sustainable agriculture.

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Clean coastal catchments research

Researching fertiliser use and ways to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff from farms.

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Riverbank stabilisation

Protecting riverbanks from erosion to reduce the amount of sediment entering waterways.

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Coastal wetland rehabilitation

Rehabilitating degraded wetlands to improve water quality, habitat and biodiversity within the wetland and downstream.

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Improving roads and tracks

Reducing sediment runoff into waterways from gravel roads and tracks by works such as road sealing.

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Marine litter campaign

Extending the ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ litter campaign to include the marine estate.

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Marine debris working group

Working with other government agencies and scientists to learn more about managing marine debris.

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NSW litter prevention strategy

Integrating marine litter prevention actions into the NSW Litter Prevention Strategy and setting reduction targets.

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Estuarine water quality monitoring

Monitoring the water quality and health of estuaries to detect problems and see the benefits of improved management.

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Mapping outflow events

Mapping how water flowing out of estuaries after flood, impacts on nearshore underwater habitats.

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Marina pollution monitoring

A pilot program implementing and evaluating systems that trap runoff and pollution from slipways and marinas in NSW.

Project to commence in future years.

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Landuse pressures on the marine estate

Monitoring the condition of gauged streams using water quality and biological indicators for different landuses.

Page last updated/reviewed: 20 Aug 2021