How I can help the River
Whether it’s around your home or in your local community, here are some ideas and suggestions of ways you can help protect the Parramatta River and the creeks that flow into it.
Inside your home
Never put the following household materials down the sink:
Don’t ever flush wet wipes down the toilet. They block pipes and cause sewage to overflow into the river.
Outside your home
The stormwater drain is just for rain! Prevent harmful materials from washing into our rivers.
- Put litter in the bin
- Pick up pet waste
- Take reusable bags to the shops
- Put grass clippings in the compost or green bin
- Wash your car on the grass or at a car wash
- Never tip paints, oils or other chemicals into the stormwater drain – contact your local council for disposal
- Clean paintbrushes in the garden
- Minimise the use of pesticides and herbicides
- Protect vegetation growing along your creek or river – it helps to clean the water.
Build a raingarden and install a rainwater tank
Raingardens are an attractive, low maintenance and self-watering garden that help to filter stormwater before it enters our rivers and creeks. Ask your council where your closest street raingarden is to see what they look like and how they work.
Get the Site Right
Are you building or renovating? Soil erosion and sediment control is an essential part of any building construction or renovation. It is important that you or your builder has a comprehensive soil erosion and sediment control plan in place before building begins. Check with your builder or call your local council for more information on the requirements for your site.
Become a Riverkeeper volunteer
Have fun while helping to clean up the river. Sign up to become a Riverkeeper.
Snap Send Solve
Snap Send Solve is a free app you can download to your phone that allows you easily report feedback to your local council or other relevant authority. If you spot something in your area that could harm local waterways and the surrounding environment, simply snap a photo of the problem and send it directly to the appropriate authority to be solved.
Report pollution and environmental incidents
Call 131 555 (NSW only) or +61 2 9995 5555, or contact your local council to report leaks, spills and other pollution incidents that can harm the environment.
Report littering from vehicles using the EPA Litter App.