Water Minister Dave Kelly today launched a new interactive website which provides information on Western Australia’s critically important rivers, and promotes the partnerships helping to maintaining them.
Launched to coincide with World Rivers Day – the Healthy Rivers South-West website, hosted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, highlights the incredible value our river ecosystems have to the community, tourism and economy.
The South-West is one of only 34 global biodiversity hotspots and this new website provides a one-stop-shop of monitoring, research and partnership information to help better protect our remarkable rivers and biodiversity into the future.
The website shares information collected through the Department’s Healthy Rivers Program, which to date has assessed the health of more than 160 separate rivers and streams across more than 350 sites in the South-West.
With climate change impacting biodiversity and predictions of further widespread changes to the health of ecosystems, this website offers valuable information, backed by scientific evidence, to support management efforts.
The website can be viewed at https://rivers.dwer.wa.gov.au
World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. Find out more at http://www.worldriversday.com/
As stated by Water Minister Dave Kelly:
“This new one-stop-shop website is part of the McGowan Government’s Healthy Rivers program, which aims to ensure our rivers remain protected.
“By launching the Healthy Rivers South-West website to coincide with World Rivers Day we are recognising the incredible importance our river networks have on our communities, tourism and the economy.
“We rely on our rivers for water to sustain liveable communities and productive industries, including agriculture and regional development.
“By providing a hub of information from university experts, scientists and partner agencies we can identify priority research, assessment and management needs to keep our rivers healthy – so they can be enjoyed by all.”