Wetlands and Waterways

The City recognises the ecological, social and cultural importance of wetlands and waterways and is committed to working with its partners to improve local water quality and amenity. 

The internationally listed Vasse-Wonnerup wetlands, the Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet have all been severely impacted by vegetation clearing, climate change and changes to land use.

Revitalising Geographe Waterways

As part of the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program, the City actively works with key stakeholders, including the State Government and the community to progress long term water quality improvement in Geographe waterways, including the Vasse-Wonnerup wetlands, Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet.

Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet

The City, in partnership with the community and key stakeholders prepared waterway management plans for the Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet. The WMPs guide management of these waterways to achieve improved water quality and ecological health. Associated projects and research, which supported the development of the WMPs are available on the Revitalising Geographe Waterways websiteMore information on the Lower Vasse River management and improving its water quality can be found here.

Lower Vasse River Management Advisory Group

A Lower Vasse River Management Advisory Group (LVR MAG), including community members, Indigenous delegates, government agencies representatives and City staff and Councillors was set up to oversee implementation of the Lower Vasse River Waterway Management Plan. More information on the Lower Vasse River management and improving its water quality can be found here.

Living Streams

Investigations are currently underway to further develop a Living Stream Approach for the Lower Vasse River. This approach would involve altering the morphology of the River and facilitating intervention actions, such as water treatment and sediment removal, in specific areas of the river to reduce the frequency and severity of toxic blue-green algal blooms. Detailed designs are anticipated to be completed by June 2021, with funding from Revitalising Geographe Waterways 2. View the Living Streams project on Your Say Busselton

Stormwater Upgrades

The City routinely upgrades stormwater systems (by implementing Water Sensitive Urban Design) to reduce the amount of nutrients and pollutants entering our waterways. Numerous rain gardens have been installed throughout the District, leading to significant water quality improvements.

Report Fish Kills

If you see a fish kill (large number of dead fish in the aquatic environment), please report it immediately to FishWatch on 1800 815 507. 

Related Information

Lower Vasse River Waterway Management Plan

Toby Inlet Waterway Management Plan

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