Water quality management is part of Georges River Council's commitment to sustainable development and ensuring public health. Council manages the stormwater that discharges into the Georges River from within its Local Government Area (LGA).
Georges River Council has developed a targeted Water Quality Management Strategy (WQMS) based on the framework of risk assessment and management.
The program has established a community-based water quality-monitoring program, called the Georges River Watchers who are targeting areas that have been identified in the WQMS (2004).
The Water Quality Monitoring Program (WQMP) commenced in March 2005 with the collection of water samples by the Georges River Watchers (GRW) from a variety of locations within the local government area every month. The success of the WQMP is dependent on community involvement and volunteers are always welcome for the Georges River Watchers.
The data collected by the Georges River Watchers has been utilised for a study which looks at trends in water quality over time. The report found that while the quality of stormwater draining into the Georges River has improved, more still needs to be done. The report recommended using more 'Water Sensitive Urban Design' options (eg vegetated swales and constructed wetlands) to improve water quality before it gets to the river.
The River Health Program
The River Health Ecological Monitoring Program is funded by the Georges River Combined Council’s Committee (GRCCC). The GRCCC Program is the first to assess the health of the Georges River on a regional scale, and will identify priority areas for future conservation works.
The monitoring is focused on freshwater and estuarine environments in the Georges River catchment from the headwaters near Appin down to Botany Bay.
Throughout the catchment water quality, riparian vegetation and macroinvertebrates are monitored to provide us with a ‘snap-shot’ of catchment health.