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.

Find out more about clean coastal catchments.

Fish friendly councils

Delivering an education program on protecting fish and fish habitat to local council staff and key industries.

Find out more about fish friendly workshops for local government.

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.

Find out more about oyster reef restoration.

Riverbank vegetation rehabilitation

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

Find out more about reducing water pollution.

Coastal wetland rehabilitation

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

Find out more about coastal wetland rehabilitation.

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.

Find out more about reducing water pollution.

Biodiversity offsets

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.

Find out more about the 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.

Find out more about the risk-based framework for waterway health.

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.

Find out more about estuarine water quality monitoring.

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.

Find out more about the coastal floodplain study.

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.

Find out more about coastal drainage management.

Construction sediment management

Developing standard planning conditions for controlling run off from building sites.

Find out more about construction sediment management.

Review of the NSW Water Quality Objectives

Reviewing and updating the NSW Water Quality Objectives to ensure they reflect current community values.

Find out more about the review of the NSW Water Quality Objectives.

Page last updated/reviewed: 12 Nov 2020