Waterways

The South West is known for its iconic rivers, lakes, estuaries, wetlands and floodplains. All of our waterways are culturally significant to Noongar people and are the places we choose to live, recreate and relax.

The mighty Blackwood River spans 300km from Lake Dumbleyung in the upper catchment through to the Hardy Inlet at Augusta. The internationally-recognised Lake Toolibin is one of the last remaining inland freshwater lakes and the Vasse-Wonnerup Wetlands support 35,000 waterbirds each year. The iconic Margaret River is home to the Critically Endangered Hairy Marron. The Collie River flows to the Leschenault Estuary, an important nursery for species like the Blue Swimmer Crab, and the rugged Warren River is surrounded by dense forest.

These waterways and the ecosystems they support are under threat from water quality decline, due to agricultural practices, land clearing and urbanisation, as well as feral and domestic species, weed invasion, erosion and overfishing.

We work with local communities, regional partners and land managers to manage and mitigate these threats and improve the overall health and function of our waterways. We do this through strategic planning, nutrient management, water sensitive urban design, bank stabilisation, weed control, revegetation, ecological restoration, research, community engagement and behaviour change.

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