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Improving aquatic health
Rivers and creeks are vital living ecosystems that carry water from catchments into estuaries and oceans. They support thousands of species of fish, frogs, aquatic plants and insects, while yielding water for drinking, agriculture, industry and recreation.
Many of our region’s rivers, creeks and wetlands are seriously degraded by human activities including clearing of riparian vegetation, removal of large woody debris from rivers, construction of in-stream barriers such as floodgates, and river and groundwater extraction and regulation.
Actions co-ordinated by the CMA, through the CAP, will focus on improving water quality and fish passage, increasing riparian vegetation, and improving aquatic habitat.
Taking action together
Since 2006 Paul and Maureen Tuxford have been gradually bringing their creek frontage on their property in Dooralong back to life.
Gwynnyth Llewellyn and Daryn Poulden were keen to realise the productive potential of their Cundle Flat property, but were also determined to protect the property's natural assets for the long term.
Salvinia continues to thrive in the Wollombi Catchment, but with some careful attention from local landholders, and a trusty dip net, the Wollombi Brook could be rid of this invasive aquatic weed for good.
10,616 people participated in the Waterwatch program in our region last year
- 2010-11 CMA Annual Report