Improving water quality entering the Swan River is the aim of a new Water Quality Improvement Plan for Bayswater Brook.
Environment and Climate Change Minister David Templeman officially launched the plan at the Autumn River Festival at Riverside Gardens in Bayswater on Sunday.
Mr Templeman said the plan aimed to reduce the amount of nutrients and other contaminants entering the Swan River by improving water quality that flowed through the Bayswater Brook.
“This high priority drainage network is the largest urban catchment in the Perth metropolitan area, consisting 27,000 hectares,” he said.
“The plan provides the City of Bayswater and local community groups with invaluable guidance to improving water quality in the catchment.
“The plan adopts a catchment to coast approach, tracing the pathway of nutrients through catchments from their source to the point of discharge.
“Management actions identified in the plan are applied along the pathways, minimising nutrient inputs into the waterways.”
The Minister said that while many programs and projects were already contributing to improved water quality, new initiatives were needed to achieve identified outcomes.
“For example, an initiative identified was the need to construct a nutrient-stripping wetland at Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary,” Mr Templeman said.
“This type of wetland reduces the amount of nutrients and contaminants in the Bayswater Brook as it flows through the area out to the Swan River.
“Through the Trust’s Healthy Rivers Program, the State Government is contributing up to $100,000 towards site investigations and design.”
The Water Quality Improvement Program was developed in collaboration with the City of Bayswater, with input from the Departments of Water and Planning and Infrastructure, Western Australian Planning Commission, Water Corporation and Swan Catchment Council.
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