The Healthy Soils, Healthy Rivers is a small grants program funded by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. The project aims to protect the Swan-Canning river system by addressing nutrient management issues in the catchment.
We have invited Wheatbelt river-care community groups to utilise the funding and a number have included the York River Conservation Society and Toodyay Friends of the River. Both groups are building on previous investments in land management along their stretches of the river by expanding revegetation areas over 12 hectares on the main channel of the Avon River.
Both groups are utilising the knowledge of our Noongar- Boodjar Ranger teams for site preparation and weed management to assist in making the projects more manageable.
The project is a collaboration of 40+ volunteers with diverse outcomes including:
- mitigating the flow of nutrients from the catchment to the river and ultimately reducing the potential for algal blooms in the Swan-Canning system
- reducing weed burden along the river
- improving biodiversity and habitat
- engaging the community in land management and fostering effective partnerships
This project is supported by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.