Making The Parramatta River Swimmable By 2025

Published on 07 July 2022

A person collecting specimens for investigation

The City of Ryde in conjunction with the Parramatta River Catchment Group (Our Living River) is working towards the target of making the Parramatta River Swimmable by 2025.

As we work towards this target, the City of Ryde has completed a number of steps over the last 12 months, including: 

  • Regular water quality monitoring in the 5 main creeks that drain into the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers including Shrimptons, Archers, Terrys, Buffalo and Porters creeks, in addition to surface water and sediment sampling of the Parramatta River at Putney Park.  
  • The expansion of our previous drain stencilling education works by stencilling the stormwater drains in the Meadowbank area as a reminder for residents that ‘the drain is for the rain’.
  • Distributed further educational information about the ‘See it, Report it, Stop it’ campaign to over 8,000 residents in the Shimptons Creek and Archer Creek catchment areas. 
  • Our continued participation in the biannual ‘Get the site right’ education and compliance campaign targeting erosion and sediment controls on commercial and residential building sites across NSW. 
  • Hosting information sessions, and interactive stalls on stormwater, impacts of flooding and the urban water cycle as a part of our annual Sustainability Festival in June 2022.
  • Promoting stormwater, the urban water cycle and water catchment incursions and excursions through our Ryde Environmental Educators Network

Swimming in the Parramatta River by 2025 is to be achieved in the next two years. Even little changes you can make around your home can improve the water quality of our creeks and rivers.

Did you know... liquids and small particles that enter stormwater drains travel directly into creeks and rivers, which negatively impacts water quality and aquatic life.

Rain water is the only thing that should go down a stormwater drain. 

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