Riparian and Instream Management
Native revegetation along waterways is critical to waterway protection and also provides a range of other environmental benefits, such as habitat, biodiversity and shading.
Managing livestock access and revegetation of waterways is a key strategy for the reduction of sediment and nutrient loads within waterways. A riparian revegetation program involves the establishment of trees and shrubs on banks to offer protection from erosion and slumping, as well as establishing vegetation on top of the bank to act as a sediment and nutrient filter. There may be some areas where engineering solutions are needed, but the indications are that significant reductions in sediment are able to be made by revegetation alone.
There is significant investment into maintaining and revegetating riparian zones (riverbanks and adjacent land) to protect against flood impacts, reduce erosion and improve habitat for wildlife. Through ongoing research, monitoring and modelling, Healthy Waterways helps to set achievable catchment targets to help protect our waterways, property and livelihoods. Healthy Waterways and our members are carrying out work across the region to promote community involvement.
Examples of work undertaken by our members:
Seqwater – Mahers Dairy Project: This project involved erecting 250m of fencing to exclude cattle access to Pinbarren Creek upstream from Maher’s Dairy and the Maher’s Road bridge crossing, weed management, and the planting of 910 tubestock over a 3,000m2 area.
City of Gold Coast - Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Restoration Program: Over 3,500 volunteer hours were contributed to on-ground restoration works, including planting over 20,000 plants – leading to improved health of creek systems by reducing erosion and sediment run off, protecting habitats and ecosystems, and creating wildlife corridors.
Save our Waterways Now and Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre: Connecting Community for Waterways: Inmates from Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre produced 67,000 plants which have been planted around our waterways by volunteers and school students across SEQ.
Find out about the projects undertaken by local landholders and community groups in your local catchment area to protect and improve our waterways, and how you can get involved.
What You Can Do
Whether you are an individual, land owner, community group, local business or corporation, we all have a role to play in protecting and improving the health of our waterways. There a number of things you can do around your home or business and within your local community.