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Council is working across various projects to monitor and improve river and catchment health including managing an extensive network of pollution control devices.
Whether it’s picking up after your dog, washing your car, gardening or putting your rubbish in the bin, there’s something we can all do to help reduce pollution in our local waterways and make them clean and safe for everyone to enjoy!
Dispose of your litter correctly and swap single-use plastics for reusable products.
Did you know: litter that is not disposed of correctly blocks pipes, pollutes our waterways and kills marine life.
Pick up pet waste to stop bacteria and other bugs from entering our waterways.
Did you know: pet waste contains harmful bacteria and parasites that spread diseases and cause serious illness in humans.
Wash your car and household equipment the right way to prevent cleaning products from affecting water quality and marine life.
Did you know: some cleaning products contain toxic chemicals and microplastics that can build up in marine organisms, harming them and the animals that feed on them, including us.
Keep dirt, leaves and other garden waste away from stormwater drains.
Did you know: grass clippings and garden waste that ends up in our waterways contributes to algal growth, depriving marine life of oxygen.
Rain water is the only thing that should go down a stormwater drain.
Did you know: liquids and small particles that enter stormwater drains travel directly into creeks and rivers, which negatively impacts water quality.
The Cooks River Alliance, Georges Riverkeeper and Parramatta River Catchment Group are running a #LoveYourWaterwaysSydney Instagram photo competition with $500 in prizes to be won.
To enter, post a photo of yourself performing one of the five ‘Love Your Waterways’ actions, such as collecting and disposing of litter correctly or washing your car the right way. Get creative with your friends and family to show us how you are helping to take care of your local waterways!
Remember to tell us where the photo was taken and add the hashtag #LoveYourWaterwaysSydney.
There are five prizes to be won. Winners can choose one $100 gift voucher from any of the following: community nursery, bookshop, car wash, pet store or eco-store.
The competition closes on 31 July 2021 and you can enter as many times as you like. Click on the link below to read the full competition T&Cs.Please remember to be Covid-Safe at all times and follow public health guidelines.
Instagram Photo Competition – Terms and Conditions.