Water quality and litter
Improving water quality and reducing litter
Taking action to stop water pollution and litter before it gets into our waterways.
Stage 1 actions
Clean coastal catchments
Working with farmers to keep sediment and nutrients on farm and out of coastal waterways, while supporting profitable and sustainable agriculture.
Fish friendly councils
Delivering an education program on protecting fish and fish habitat to local council staff and key industries.
Oyster reef restoration
Restoring natural oyster reefs to improve water quality, aquatic habitat and biodiversity. This project includes a pilot restoration site, community education and planning for future restoration sites.
Riverbank vegetation rehabilitation
Rehabilitating degraded riverbank vegetation to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff into waterways, help stabilise riverbanks and improve biodiversity.
Coastal wetland rehabilitation
Rehabilitating degraded wetlands to improve water quality, habitat and biodiversity within the wetland and downstream.
Reducing erosion from roads and tracks
Reducing sediment runoff into waterways from gravel roads and tracks by rehabilitation works such as road sealing. Work will focus on priority areas.
Protecting aquatic biodiversity by finding better ways to offset impacts from development that cannot be avoided or minimised and by helping landholders conserve important coastal habitats.
Marine litter campaign
Working with people who use the marine estate to develop a new marine litter campaign.
Risk-based framework for waterway health
Piloting a framework to help councils make land-use planning decisions that consider water quality in urban catchments.
Estuarine water quality monitoring
Monitoring and reporting on water quality and ecosystem health to detect poor water quality early and to understand the benefits of improved management.
Coastal floodplain study
Improving the water quality, habitat and biodiversity of coastal floodplains by better management of floodplain infrastructure, reconnecting fragmented areas, gathering knowledge and investigating drainage management plans with key stakeholders.
Coastal drainage management
Providing a framework to manage floodplain drainage activities to improve water quality and simplify the approvals process to support viable primary industries.
Construction sediment management
Developing standard planning conditions for controlling run off from building sites.
Review of the NSW Water Quality Objectives
Reviewing and updating the NSW Water Quality Objectives to ensure they reflect current community values.
Page last updated/reviewed: 12 Nov 2020