Water quality and litter
Improving water quality and reducing litter
Taking action to stop water pollution and litter before it gets into our waterways.
Applying a risk-based framework that helps councils consider water quality in urban catchments when they make land-use planning decisions.
Support the establishment of a new governance framework for the Richmond River catchment to manage diffuse source runoff in a regional area.
Improving management of water pollution from diffuse sources in NSW.
Increasing awareness of the risk-based framework through guidance forums and online portal.
Reviewing the NSW Water Quality Objectives so they support current community values.
Working with other government agencies to improve the management of the marine estate’s water quality.
Assessing coastal floodplain systems and infrastructure to assist decision makers in the enhancement of water quality, habitat and biodiversity.
Protecting important coastal habitats by finding better ways to offset unavoidable impacts from development.
Delivering an education program to council staff about the protection of fish and fish habitat.
Controlling sediment from construction sites through improved methods and development approval processes.
Restoring natural oyster reefs to improve water quality, aquatic habitat and biodiversity.
Rehabilitating degraded riverbank vegetation to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff into waterways, help stabilise riverbanks and improve biodiversity.
Working with farmers to keep sediment and nutrients on the farm and out of coastal waterways, while supporting profitable and sustainable agriculture.
Researching fertiliser use and ways to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff from farms.
Protecting riverbanks from erosion to reduce the amount of sediment entering waterways.
Rehabilitating degraded wetlands to improve water quality, habitat and biodiversity within the wetland and downstream.
Reducing sediment runoff into waterways from gravel roads and tracks by works such as road sealing.
Extending the ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ litter campaign to include the marine estate.
Working with other government agencies and scientists to learn more about managing marine debris.
Integrating marine litter prevention actions into the NSW Litter Prevention Strategy and setting reduction targets.
Monitoring the water quality and health of estuaries to detect problems and see the benefits of improved management.
Mapping how water flowing out of estuaries after flood, impacts on nearshore underwater habitats.
A pilot program implementing and evaluating systems that trap runoff and pollution from slipways and marinas in NSW.Project to commence in future years.
Monitoring the condition of gauged streams using water quality and biological indicators for different landuses.
Page last updated/reviewed: 20 Aug 2021