Protecting our waterways

If you are a landholder with a waterway running through your land, you have a role to play in protecting water quality.

The hard hooves of animals such as sheep, cattle and horses can erode riverbanks, cause damage to habitats and reduce water clarity by disturbing the riverbed. Livestock waste is a source of water pollution that can threaten human health and the health of all aquatic species.

As a landholder, you can improve water quality by:

  • providing livestock with a source of drinking water away from waterways
  • fencing along waterways to prevent livestock entering waterways and dams
  • revegetating your property along the waterway to stabilise topsoil, slow runoff and improve native habitat.

Catchment Management Authorities

A catchment is an area where water is collected by natural landscape features such as rivers, creeks, lakes and dams. Catchments also include man-made features such as groundwater, stormwater, wastewater and water-related infrastructure.

We rely on our catchments for clean drinking water, recreation, water for livestock, irrigation, and industry. It is the role of Catchment Management Authorities to ensure that human activities do not harm the environment our drinking water comes from.

Our shire is almost evenly divided between the Maribyrnong River catchment and the Campaspe/Coliban River catchments. A small area also falls within the Goulbourn River Catchment.

Different waterway management responsibilities apply depending on which catchment you are interested in. Visit the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Victorian Catchment Management Authorities map to find out in which catchment your property lies.

Funding to support river health

You may be eligible for funding to help manage the waterways under your care, depending upon the catchment you are located in.