ACT Healthy Waterways is a joint initiative of the ACT and Australian governments to improve the quality of water entering our lakes and waterways and flowing downstream into the Murrumbidgee River system. The project included the construction of infrastructure – like wetlands, ponds and rain gardens – as well as research trials, a community education campaign and improvements to water monitoring practices.

“The issues we have with poor water quality in our lakes actually start in the catchment with stormwater and run-off. ACT Healthy Waterways is important because it’s tackling the problem at the source. But water quality is not just an issue for environmentalists and governments. Water is a finite resource and we all need to take better care of it and manage it more effectively.” Ross Thompson, Director of the Institute of Applied Ecology.