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Locals take river care on board

THE AVON Rivercare Program has been implemented to arrest inappropriate management practices on the Avon River.

A joint initiative of the Waters and Rivers Commission, the Avon River Management Authority and the Natural Heritage Trust, the program aims to restore the river’s fragile ecological balance.

It is a major part of the Swan Avon Integrated Catchment Management project, as the link between the river and its catchment is of fundamental importance.

The first step of the program has been to fence the river.

Uncontrolled vehicle access and livestock grazing had degraded the Avon’s banks.

Nutrient enrichment is a major water quality problem in the Avon. As riverbanks are degraded and vegetation destroyed, nutrients enter the river.

Soil disturbed on river banks by sheep, cattle and horses also enters the river, reducing clarity and contributing to silting problems.

By fencing river banks, vegetation can be protected and given a chance to regenerate.

To date, more than 180 kilometres of the main river channel and major tributaries have been fenced under this program.

Detailed River Recovery Plans have been released for the Yenyenning Lakes, Toodyay, Northam and York sections. Plans for Beverley and Brookton will be available soon.

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