The Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program comprised seven projects and has improved river health in the Hawkesbury-Nepean River System by making more water available for the environment and reducing nutrient inputs.
The program was funded in 2009 by the Australian Government under the Water for the Future initiative and until June 2012 was managed by the former Office of the Hawkesbury-Nepean in partnership with other NSW agencies. It is currently managed by the Office of Water. Additional funding and in-kind contributions were provided by the NSW Government (partly through the NSW Climate Change Fund), and local councils and landholders. The seven projects are listed below with links to further information.
Overall, this (up to) $77.4 million program saved an estimated 12,433 million litres of water per year, of which 1452 million litres was potable water. Nutrient input into the river system was also reduced by at least 84.1 tonnes per year (comprising 66.8 tonnes of nitrogen and 17.3 tonnes of phosphorus).
The program's seven projects were:
Please use the above links for project-specific information and resources.
The program's methods and achievements are further detailed in the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program Final Report. If you would like to request the full document as one file, please contact us.
Recognition of success
The program's achievements were formally recognised when it was named winner of the government category at the 2012 savewater! awards® and winner of the program innovation category at the 2012 Australian Water Association NSW Branch Awards.
The savewater! awards® began in 2003 and are considered Australia's leading awards for water sustainability. The 2012 awards received 1000 entries from 54 countries with winners chosen by an independent judging panel consisting of 40 industry experts from 28 organisations around the world.
The Australian Water Association NSW Branch Awards provide the highest accolade that currently exists in the NSW water industry. The NSW awards acknowledge the best of the best in the NSW water sector as well as recognising exceptional achievements in a range of project and individual categories.
For more information about the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program contact us.