Catchment Protection Work Program

Catchment Protection Work Program

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We work with our partners to deliver initiatives that reduce the risks to water quality.

WaterNSW publishes an annual Catchment Protection Work Program, which responds to current catchment conditions, new science, feedback from stakeholders and changing priorities.

Catchment Protection Work Programs outline the actions that will be delivered. It also identifies how we will measure success by setting indicators and targets, which we will report on in our Annual Catchment Management Report.

The work program outlines activities, outcomes and budgets against the six broad initiatives described below.

Risk reducing initiatives

Water Quality Science

We work with the water industry, government agencies, research partners, and the community, to ensure that we use the best scientific evidence available.


  1. Evaluating Activities
  2. Mining Research
  3. Risk Assessments
  4. Research Partnerships

Engaged communities

We work and engage with residents and landholders, community organisations, schools, businesses, local councils,and government to support the long-term management of drinking water.


  1. Community Education
  2. Community Engagement

Land management

Set the example by managing the Special Areas and WaterNSW lands to reduce the risks to water quality, ecological integrity and cultural heritage


  1. Fire Management
  2. Remote Area Fire Management
  3. Unsealed Roads Program
  4. Pests and weeds Program
  5. Cultural Heritage
  6. Recreation Areas Management
  7. Reserve Management
  8. Barriers and Fencing Activities

Enforcement and surveillance

Ensuring legislation and enforcement reduces the incidence of behaviours in the catchment that pose a risk to water quality or threaten the Special Areas


  1. Education
  2. Surveillance Activities
  3. Investigations
  4. Consent Applications

Development impact assessment

Ensure future development and activities in the catchment have a neutral or beneficial effect on water quality


  1. Development Impact Assessment
  2. Land use planning
  3. Mining

Improved practices

Risks to water quality from activities related to rural lands and sewage and stormwater are reduced in wet and dry periods


  1. Grazing and erosion program
  2. Urban Stormwater program
  3. Dairy program
  4. Economic Appraisal


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Sunday 26 January