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

Science underpins WaterNSW decisions about prioritising, designing and evaluating catchment management actions


  1. Capturing key catchment information
  2. Understanding catchment risks
  3. Scientific evaluation of catchment actions

Engaged communities

Improve the community's understanding and participation in activities to reduce the risks to water quality and quantity in the catchment


  1. Capacity building
  2. School education
  3. Community information
  4. Community involvement

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. Unsealed roads
  3. Pests and weeds
  4. Soil erosion
  5. Recreation areas
  6. Cultural heritage

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. Catchment compliance
  2. Special Area access consents

Development impact assessment

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


  1. Development and activities
  2. Land use planning
  3. Mining

Improving management 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 program


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