Dirty Swan River

The mission to save our Swan. While it might look spectacular on the surface, it's what's happening underneath that's cause for concern, clean up teams spend millions of dollars a year going underground to rescue our river.

By making simple changes to the way we live and do business we can have a positive impact on the water quality in the Swan Canning river system and wetlands in its catchment.

Out and about in the environment

Always put rubbish in the bin or recycle it.

Discard fishing line responsibly.

Correctly dispose of dog waste. It is high in nutrients and harmful bacteria and adds extra stress to our wetlands and rivers.

Compostable bags are better than using plastic bags.

At home

Never allow oil, petrol, paint or other household chemicals to enter the stormwater system.

Reduce herbicide and pesticide use and store all chemicals securely out of the weather.

Install soak wells to reduce the influx of stormwater from your property to the stormwater network.

Always wash your car on the lawn rather than on driveways or roads where detergents can run into drains.

Make sure that any detergents you use do not contain phosphates and are biodegradable.

Keep your car well serviced to prevent oil leaks.

Make sure rubbish stays in the bin, especially on windy days.

Only use low phosphorus fertilisers, reduce the amount applied and ensure that it is applied only when needed (usually in spring or autumn).

Prevent soil, leaves, grass clippings and mulch from blowing onto the road and entering drains.

Compost or mulch garden waste and keep the nutrients in your garden.

Plant native species that require less water, pesticides and fertiliser.

Deciduous trees and shrubs should be avoided near street drains and waterways because they drop large amount of leaves over short periods that can end up in waterways.

In Business

When washing down equipment and work areas, ensure all wastewater goes into an approved sewer outlet or treatment system, not the stormwater drain.

Stencil your stormwater drains and educate staff so they don't dispose of wastewater into them.

All chemicals, waste products and mobile materials (such as plastics) should be kept in secure, fully contained areas away from stormwater drains.

Relocate work activities that include chemical use away from stormwater drains.

Train employees in a spill response plan. Clean up spills immediately.

Handle chemicals and fuels with care.