There are number of great projects underway in the catchment which you can be involved in. These projects all relate to the Parramatta River and help us with our goal of making the Parramatta River swimmable.

The Riverkeeper successfully applied for funding to kick off a River Aware pilot and is about to start rolling this out.

River Aware is a community project aimed to increase public awareness around their impact on the river and generate demand for water efficiency technology in much the same way energy efficiency has now permeated public awareness and acceptability. River Aware will turn targeted households into river aware streets and create river aware communities through a highly interactive and educational program. The end result will be the conversion of whole communities actively practicing river aware lifestyles.

With the launch of our eco-health report, we have five mascots that we will focus on to help drive projects to improve the ecological health of the river. We will be developing initiatives and citizen science projects to restore the habitat of these mascot animals and hence increase their ability to thrive in the catchment. Two of the mascots, the eastern long necked turtle and the Bar tailed godwit are already receiving attention from our members with the Talkin’ Turtle event and the Canada Bay Dog Saves Birds campaign.

One of our affiliates, the Bundilla Scout Camp has been working with the Riverkeeper on a 10 year plan to restore the riparian zone of the Toongabbie Creek, with two very successful events already undertaken. Resources and information for the project was supplied by members of the PRCG including City of Parramatta Council, Greater Sydney Landcare Network and the Impeesa Bushcare group.

Other projects currently in the planning stage include a trial oyster bed near the Baludarri Wetlands, and a campaign with affiliates Bass Sydney and Addventagous to install a fish ladder at the Asylum weir, opening up 19 km of habitat upstream to migratory water species.

There are also a number of citizen science projects that you can participate in.