Looking after your
Everyone lives in a catchment whether
it drains to a nearby wetland, a stream, river, the ocean or an inland sea.
And everyone can make sure they do what they can at home and in their
neighbourhood to look after their catchment.
What can an individual do?
All of our activities have an impact on the environment, from
fertilising our front lawn, dropping a cigarette butt, sweeping dirt into
the street or washing the car on the road. There are simple things we all
can do to reduce pollution in our local waterways.
Use a broom to sweep up
Sweep up leaves and litter so they canít
be washed into the drain. Cover piles of sand or mulch so they donít wash
Use less fertiliser on the garden
Fertiliser you put on your garden can feed
algal blooms if it gets into the river. Give plants only what they need, use
slow release fertilisers and never exceed the recommended rate.
Clean up after the dog
Dog droppings left on footpaths can wash
into stormwater drains, polluting lakes with bacteria and nutrients. Always
pick up after your dog.
Don't feed ducks or wildlife
Feeding wildlife causes more harm than good. Animals can
become dependant on the "free" diet, which is likely to be nutrient
deficient and young animals may never learn to forage for themselves.
The young then risk starvation.
Put cigarette butts and rubbish into the bin
Rubbish can block drains and pollute
waterways. Always put rubbish in bins, keep a rubbish bag in your car and
help out on Clean Up days.
Wash your car on the grass
Wash your car on the lawn or go to a
carwash. Use a phosphorus free detergent.
Wash paint brushes in a container
Clean water based paints over grass.
Re-use turps once the paint has settled. Never dispose of paint, turps or
solvents down a stormwater drain.
Join your local catchment group.
to join our emailing list and receive regular updates on our activities.
Download our Stormwater
(pdf) for more ideas.
Tie pet poo bags to your dog's leash or
collar so they are ready when you need then.
Dino the "catchment friendly" dog always has a pet poo bag
handy just in case.
Feeding ducks causes more harm than good. Print out our "Please
don't feed us"(pdf) poster to put up at your school, playgroup or
building sites to your local council. Piles of building sand on verges can
easily wash into stormwater drains during downpours. Sediment is a major
pollutant of wetlands and rivers.
Change to a
garden and reduce the nutrient impact from your garden.
Download our Stormwater
(pdf) for more ideas
on how to help maintain water quality in your catchment.