It’s easy to keep our rivers healthy. Small changes made at home or in your garden, or while you are out and about enjoying the rivers, if made by many people, will add up and make a big difference to the health of our precious rivers and waterways.
Wash Your Car On The Lawn
You can help keep our river healthy by washing your car on the lawn to keep detergents out of stormwater drains.
Take Your Rubbish With You
Help keep the river clean and protect the health of the wildlife by taking your rubbish home with you when you’re out enjoying the rivers.
Collect your Dog Waste
Pick up your dog’s waste and put it in a bin, composter or worm farm – it is full of nutrients that can feed algal blooms.
Oils, Paints and Chemicals
Always check with your local council where to safely dispose of paint, oil and chemicals before you do. They can end up in the rivers if tipped down the drains.
Use Phosphate Free Detergents
Use phosphorus-free detergents (NP) when washing clothes or dishes because phosphorus is one of the main nutrients that feed algal blooms. Check out our River-friendly Detergent Register for more information.
Fertilise Only When Needed
Only apply fertiliser when it’s needed in spring or early autumn – follow application rate instructions, don’t over apply and never over water.
Grow Local & Native Plants
Try to grow local native plants. They need less water and fertiliser, and attract native birds, lizards and insects.
Compost your Leaves & Grass
Compost your leaves and grass clippings so they don’t wash into drains and add nutrients to the rivers.
Keep Drains Clear
It is important to keep garden weeds away from drains. Weeds may end up in rivers and overtake foreshore vegetation.
Keeping your garden beautiful while protecting our rivers is simple. By adopting the following waterwise and fertilise-wise principles and choosing from the wide range of WA local plants suitable for your area and soil type, you can save time and money while your garden flourishes.
1. Fertilise wise. Only apply fertiliser when it’s needed in spring or early autumn, and never over-water.
2. Wash your car on the lawn to keep detergents out of the stormwater drainage system.
3. Grow local native plants in your garden. They need less water and fertiliser and attract native birds, lizards and insects.
4. Take your rubbish home with you when you’re out enjoying the rivers.
5. Pick up your dog’s waste and put it in a bin or worm farm. It’s full of nutrients that can feed algal blooms.
6. Check with your local council where to dispose of paint, oil and chemicals. They can end up in the rivers if tipped down the drain.
7. Use phosphorus-free detergents when washing clothes or dishes. Phosphorus is one of the main nutrients that feed algal blooms.
8. Compost your leaves and grass clippings. If washed into stormwater drains, they can contribute to nutrient overload in the rivers.
9. Keep garden weeds away from drains. They may end up in the rivers as invasive weeds.