More funding for healthier waterways

Canberrans love the beautiful lakes, rivers and wetlands of our bush capital, and new funding will help keep them healthy.

The ACT Healthy Waterways program received additional funding of $14 million, bringing the total value of the program to $20.5 million.

The Healthy Waterways program aims to improve the quality of water entering Canberra’s lakes and waterways before flowing downstream into the Murrumbidgee River system. The project includes the development of wetlands, ponds and rain gardens, research trials, community education and improved water monitoring practices.

With the new funding allocated, the program will focus on improving the health of the watersheds and waterways that feed into Tuggeranong Lake to help reduce the incidences of algal blooms.

The increased funding will also:

  • Allow the construction of 11 new water quality assets such as floating wetlands that remove pollution.
  • Expand the activities of The Leaf Collective, a community program that helps keep leaves and grass clippings from polluting stormwater.
  • Enable collaboration between public and private landowners to reduce fertilizer use.
  • Extend the Tuggeranong Lake Catchment Research Agreement between the ACT Government and the University of Canberra to investigate sources of water pollutants in the lake and potential treatments.
  • Develop new modeling and reporting tools for better water quality management.

Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra, Paddy Nixon, welcomed the announcement of additional funding.

“The University of Canberra and the ACT Government have worked closely together over the past 5 years to better manage water in Canberra, including work on improving stormwater management in urban developments and the water quality management in Tuggeranong Lake,” Vice Chancellor Nixon said. .

“We look forward to extending this collaboration even further, to help safeguard the health of the waterways for the community of Canberra – this is particularly important as our city moves towards a future likely to be dominated by more extremes. climatic.”

For more information about the project and its initiatives, visit the ACT Healthy Waterways website.

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