The exceptional amount of stormwater has a dramatic impact on existence in our waterways. We are dedicated to defending the ecological fitness and sustainability of our waterways.

Stormwater is any water that runs off surfaces such as lawns, roads, roofs, automobile parks or natural floor surfaces. It then enters our waterways untreated via a stormwater system.

Substances such as oil, detergents and paints are readily transported via this method and can upset refined ecological systems and deteriorate water quality.

Pollutants increase the quantity of vitamins in our waterways, causing an imbalance in the aquatic environment. Aquatic ecosystems are delicate in nature and can react strongly to small modifications in water conditions. It is vital for residents to take personal accountability for controlling pollution before it enters our waterways.

Think about some of your everyday activities and how they impact on stormwater and our waterways:

  • Litter
  • Herbicides
  • Grass and garden clippings, detergents and animal waste
  • Soil, sand and sediment

Polluted stormwater results in terrible water first-rate in our waterways and compromises leisure activities such as fishing and swimming. Follow these easy options to improve stormwater quality:

  • deposit waste engine oil and solvents with a recycler or a series point
  • fix oil and fluid leads on your car
  • wash cars and different equipment on the lawn to filter out detergent residue
  • reuse plastic bags or dispose of them thoughtfully
  • put litter and cigarette butts in the bin
  • avoid over watering your gardens and lawns
  • apply fertilisers in moderation
  • compost
  • use pesticides only according to label requirements
  • cover sand, cement and different constructing substances to forestall them being washed away
  • collect pet droppings and dispose of them thoughtfully
  • sweep as an alternative of hosing your driveway
  • build swales and obstacles to stop soil being washed away in the course of heavy rain
  • prevent leaves and grass clippings from entering stormwater drains
  • construct permeable pavements
  • spread the word.

Why not think about joining one of the catchment groups in the town who are helping to shield and enhance Gold Coast waterways? Visit the Watergum website to discover how to get involved.

Remember, anyone can make a difference.