What is a catchment?
A catchment is the area of land that drains into the one waterway (creek or river). Whatever happens in that catchment, affects that waterway. Rainwater runs off roofs, roads and footpaths becoming stormwater which picks up pollution along the way. This water eventually ends up at the bottom of the catchment.
Everyone lives in a catchment and can help improve the quality of local waterways. It is up to everyone to keep local waterways clean.
Inner West Catchments
The Inner West Council area is mainly within two water catchments.
- The Cooks River Catchment
- The Lower Parramatta River Catchment
Inner West Council, the Cooks River Alliance and Parramatta River Catchment Group have a shared vision of making our rivers and waterways swimmable again. Preventing large, small and chemical pollutants from entering the waterways in the first place is the best way to do this. This can be achieved with help from the community.
In addition to that Council counts with Gross Pollutant Traps (GPTs) which are one way to treat stormwater before in enters local waterwaus.
You can help by building water-sensitive design elements on your property or installing a water tank.
Looking for Community Representatives for Parramatta River
Community input to the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) and the implementation of the Parramatta River Masterplan is really important to us. Nominations are now invited from interested people to represent their community/organisation on the PRCG. The PRCG accepts a maximum of five representatives to attend PRCG Full Group meetings which are held quarterly on the first Thursday of the month at Council venues across the catchment. The term for a community representative is three years.
To nominate yourself, please click on the link below and complete the form. Nomination forms must be submitted by 5:00pm, Monday 10 May, 2021.
For more information, email the PRCG Coordinator, Nell Graham: firstname.lastname@example.org.