Protecting the health of waterways is a crucial and rewarding part of owning a property. Good planning and managing run-off by planting trees, shrubs and grasses as buffers helps stop nutrients, pathogens, chemicals and sediments from entering waterways.
Things you can do to keep the catchment healthy
- Use chemicals efficiently and carefully, or seek alternative methods where possible.
- Control weeds and pests.
- Retain and plant native vegetation to prevent erosion.
- Protect stream bank vegetation so it provides a filter against pollution.
- Manage septics properly.
- Report accidental spills near waterways.
- Get involved in Landcare, Waterwatch or other local community groups.