What are waterways, rivers, estuaries and wetlands?
Waterways are valuable assets that contribute economic, social, and environmental benefits to Western Australia. These benefits include water supply (for drinking, agriculture and industry, flood protection, movement of water, ), sustaining biodiversity and fish resources, opportunities for commerce (such as commercial cruises, boat hire and transport), recreation (such as boating, fishing, sailing water-skiing, kayaking , swimming) and public amenity (e.g. for picnics and events) and preserving cultural heritage.
Values of our waterways
Waterways in Western Australia have intrinsic ecological value and also provide a wide range of ecosystem services. Ecosystem services result from a waterway's hydrology, landforms,
Threats to our waterways
Waterways are complex ecosystems with intricate relationships between the flora, fauna and non-living components such as water quality, flow regime and habitat. The balance
Assessing waterway health
Assessing waterway healthAssessing waterway health is a vital step in being able to manage our waterways effectively. Healthy waterways have intrinsic ecological value and provide
Managing our waterways
The Department of Water's role is to lead waterways management in Western Australia by coordinating cross-government efforts to protect and manage water resources, including waterways.Why
Vasse Geographe Strategy
The Geographe waterways system is a complex network of rivers, coastal wetlands and estuaries stretching from Dunsborough, through Busselton to north of Capel. Over the