Botany Bay is one of Australia's best known and most often studied waterways, as well as one of our most highly urbanised waterways. Georges Riverkeeper have recently published a paper in Regional Studies in Marine Science titled 'A review of intensified land use effects on the ecosystems of Botany Bay and its rivers, Georges River and Cooks River, in southern Sydney, Australia'.
Through the Research Program, Georges Riverkeeper is currently co-supervising a University of Newcastle Honours student to investigate the uptake of metals in mangroves throughout the Georges River.
Builders, developers and home renovators are more successfully implementing erosion and sediment controls on building sites to protect our local waterways, according to results from the recent Get the Site Right education and compliance campaign.
Green Valley Creek is one of the five major creeks that traverse the Fairfield City Council Local Government Area. The vegetation on the floodplains bordering these creek has historically included Cumberland Riverflat Forest which was extensively cleared as Sydney expanded and is now listed as an endangered community. Fairfield Council has been doing a great job restoring these riparian areas over several decades. One recent addition has been at Barook Park.
Five years is not a long time in river time, but this month Georges Riverkeeper's Aquatic Ecologist, Dr. David Reid is marking 5 years as a Riverkeeper. We don't sing the praises of those working for this organisation often enough. So, we thought it timely to give special mention to Dave for all his hard work. We also hope it gives you some background into how Georges Riverkeeer's programs have been developed.
Georges Riverkeeper has begun assisting with shorebird monitoring. We are working with The Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG) which is a special interest group of BirdLife Australia that focuses studies on waders, or shorebirds, in Australia and throughout their migration routes in the Asia Pacific.
The Get the Site Right campaign in June will increase awareness of the dangers of runoff from building sites impacting the environment and encourage developers, builders and home renovators to implement appropriate erosion and sediment controls.
The campaign is kicking off in response to an increase in home renovation and DIY projects during the COVID-19 isolation period as well as several large construction projects that are expected to commence in coming months.
Georges Riverkeeper's partnership with NSW Department of Justice - Corrective Services helps to remove litter that slips through the collection stream and into the environment.
Work has been put on hold since mid-March, however, with COVID-19 restrictions beginning to ease, the partnership is set to resume soon, with an increase in the total area covered by the program.