Restoring and keeping our rivers and waterways healthy is one of the central tasks facing catchment managers. Water quality is one of the fundamental aspects of river health: ecological processes which sustain native fish populations, vegetation, wetlands and birdlife depend on it. And so do our own many uses of water – for irrigation, watering stock, drinking, fishing and recreation, and to meet cultural and spiritual needs.
The Catchment Action Plans they are developing and the associated on-ground investments can make a big contribution to protecting water quality. Actions targeted to improve water quality in particular problem areas can also benefits other aspects of river health, such as biodiversity.