Items of Interest
Catchment Action NSW on the South Coast
Healthy Estuaries, Healthy Oysters - Australia's Oyster Coast
Shoalhaven River at Bangalee
The video below shows some of the wildlife in the River as well as the extent of the erosion and weed infestation.
This video was produced by the Bangalee Bushcare Group, who we thank for the use of this video.
Ray White Real Estate helps our Shoalhaven River
In September 2017, Ray White Real Estate staff from 6 offices volunteered their time to plant mangroves on the foreshore of Comerong Island.
The staff members planted 180 mangroves donated by Shoalhaven Riverwatch, and erected a fence to protect the mangroves from being covered with ribbon grass while they are establishing.
Ray White Real Estate are setting a challenge to other local businesses who might like to get involved in caring for our local river.
Shoalhaven Sand Sausage
Shoalhaven Riverwatch has developed the Shoalhaven Sand Sausage to reduce riverbank erosion.
The sausage is a continuous sandbag that blocks wave action undercutting the soft riverbanks thereby providing a stable area for planting mangroves and other trees.
Also check out this great video put together by ABC Illawarra about the sand sausage at Riversdale.
Sand Sausage Video 8MB
This video was taken at Longreach NSW on the Shoalhaven River showing the effectiveness of the Sand Sausage stopping the erosional impact of waves generated by a passing wakeboarding boat.
Note that the water that does goes over the Sausage can deposit additional silt between the sausage and bank.
Ocean and River Pollution
Fish Habitat Innovation Recognition & Shoalhaven/Illawarra Muster Award
Shoalhaven Riverwatch has been recognised with a Fish Habitat Innovation Award, for its work in developing the Shoalhaven Sand Sausage at the 2017 NSW Landcare Awards.
Riverwatch has also been awarded a Champion of the Catchment award at the 2018 Shoalhaven/Illawarra Landcare Muster.
For more information see:
South Coast Register Article
Local Land Services Website
Landcare NSW Website
Letter from local NSW member Shelly Hancock.
Mangrove Watch website
This Australian website is full of information on mangroves.
The website is sponsored by the Universities of James Cook and Queensland .
Australian Rivers Restoration Centre (ARCC)
The Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC) believes in sharing knowledge, restoring and protecting rivers for all to enjoy, and valuing people and the work they do.
Rivers of Carbon is one of the ARCC's projects. The Rivers of Carbon project is an exciting initiative based in the southern tablelands of New South Wales. It is linking work already completed on sites along the upper Murrumbidgee and upper Lachlan Rivers to create living corridors of riparian vegetation.
Riverspace is another project which brings together on-ground projects, recreational activities and tourism ventures that all link to waterways.
RiverWatch of Colorado
The Colorado River Watch website provides a good example of volunteers working together to monitor the health of over 300 rivers.
This has been possible through working with Middle and High School students, but also include citizen groups, individuals, colleges, and local governments.