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Rainfall increases rubbish into local Rivers

Tuesday 20 July, 2010
Recent rainfalls have seen an increase in the amount of rubbish flowing through the Stormwater systems into the local waterways around Shepparton raising concerns for river health. Rubbish enters the stormwater system when it left on the ground and washed into storm water drains during rain events

Recent rainfalls have seen an increase in the amount of rubbish flowing through the Stormwater systems into the local waterways around Shepparton raising concerns for river health. Rubbish enters the stormwater system when it left on the ground and washed into storm water drains during rain events

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has been working in partnership with City of Greater Shepparton to address the issue of rubbish ending up in our waterways. A number of gross pollutant traps have been installed around Shepparton to reduce the amount of rubbish flowing into the local waterways.

The Goulburn Broken CMA River Health Implementation Manager, Mark Turner says "While rubbish washing into the local waterways was an on-going issue for the health of the waterways, the problem had worsened following the recent rainfalls."

Mr Turner said "the rubbish was particularly noticeable at place like the Shepparton Weir in recent days and it may look worse as the water recedes. It is all the usual suspects, plastic bags, drink bottles, aluminium cans, cigarette butts and other plastic items that present water quality issues"

Mr Turner said rubbish dumping was disrespectful to the environment and the community as the rubbish ending up in rivers causes water pollution, and potentially injures wildlife such as Platypus, fish and local waterbird species found along the Goulburn River

"I would like to urge people to think about where rubbish ends up when they dispose of it."

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For further information please contact:

Amanda McClaren
Communications and Marketing Manager
t: 03 5820 1117 / 0459 023 640 e: amandam@gbcma.vic.gov.au