Know your rivers - what is Environmental Water?

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Want to know more about local and statewide efforts to protect rivers and wetlands?  Want to know what this ‘thing’ called environmental water is all about?

The Office of Environment and Heritage has released a series of factsheets about the work it is doing to increase native fish and bird numbers, improve wetland habitat and ensure a sustainable future for local waterways.  Each factsheet is beautifully produced and explains the science and on-ground actions being used to boost biodiversity and look after the wonderful riverine environments we have in New South Wales.

OEH director Graeme Enders said the organisation is keen to work with communities to deliver water that improves outcomes for all river users – plants, animals and people.  He hopes that people will enjoy reading the fact sheets to find out more about the work being done across the State.

“Healthy rivers provide important social, economic and environmental benefits.  They carry water to towns and farms and along the way they support the unique native plants and animals that we love to see when we’re out in the bush.  By sharing more information about the work we do, we hope to inspire community members to get involved and contribute to the long term future of these vital river resources.   Graeme Enders

We have featured the Environmental Water Factsheet here, but there are a whole range of other topics you can also access for free.  Click on the image below to explore more topics:

“Rivers aren’t just a source of water. They are home to plants, insects, crustaceans, frogs, fish and birds that all contribute to a healthy and productive river system.

“When you sit underneath a big river red gum you can’t help but be in awe of its quiet majesty. It relies on the river to survive just like we do.

Rivers are great places to go fishing, bushwalking, camping or bird watching.

“The work we do at OEH plays one vital part in ensuring these beautiful rivers and wetlands are healthy now and into the future.

“By providing the right amount of water at the right time we can ensure that the plants and animals we see today are still around for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

“It’s a connected system and local communities have an important role to play in making that system work for the benefit of everyone,” he said.

The range of OEH factsheets is available here:

The subject range and detail contained within the factsheets will continue to grow. If you have a topic you would like to see more information on, please email

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