Floods and frequent rainfall have had a profound effect on water quality in the Georges River catchment, reducing river health grades in bushland areas and improving grades in urban areas, states the recently released Georges River Report Card 2021-2022.
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Strategic Plan 2022-2026
The Georges Riverkeeper aspirational goal is: ‘Best practice environmental management for a liveable urban river’. The recently published Georges Riverkeeper Strategic Plan 2022-2026 offers a roadmap towards achieving this goal.
Litter is gross! Rain washes all the disgusting waste from our streets down stormwater drains to our creeks and rivers. It’s poisoning the Georges River, killing wildlife and making it dangerous for us humans. We want zero litter in Georges River! Georges Riverkeeper is teaming up with schools and councils across the catchment to help educate everyone about how to stop stormwater polluting the Georges River.
While plastic pollution is the most visible, most of the pollution enters through stormwater. Sewage leaks and overflows as well as mining activities also cause pollution. There are also a great variety of organic and inorganic contaminants polluting the river.
A liveable river is one where people, plants and animals thrive. It has clean water, rich biodiversity, safe and beautiful outdoor spaces, and recreational activities that everyone can enjoy. It helps to improve people’s health and wellbeing, brings economic benefits and boosts community spirit.
There are many different stakeholders and landowners in the Georges River Catchment who all have a responsibility to manage their land in a way that ensures there is a minimal impact on the river and its ecosystems.
Best practice environmental management for a liveable urban river.
Georges Riverkeeper acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Georges River, the Kamegal, Bedigal, Cabrogal, Cannemegal, Gweagal and Norongerral people of the Eora, Dharug and Dharawal nations and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.