Werribee River Association is affiliated with Waterkeeper Alliance Inc., and so can host the role of the Werribee Riverkeeper.
Affiliation with Waterkeeper Alliance allows the Werribee Riverkeeper to function as the voice of the waterways to protect the Werribee River and its catchment waterways. The Alliance empowers Waterkeepers to speak with a single, authoritative voice through their campaigns to tackle the world’s most pressing water issues.
Environmental organisations such as the Werribee River Association provide local knowledge, local initiatives, add value, protect investment by authorities and government and provide opportunities to meet engagement targets or strategies and help build success. WRivA has brought knowledge and advocacy to the benefit of all, through ongoing work in water quality, platypus and other wildlife surveys, flora research, rehabilitation initiatives, advocacy and participation in integrated catchment management, natural resource management, strategic actions, and education.
The Werribee Riverkeeper works towards:
- Protecting water quality in the Werribee River, other local waterways and wetlands flowing to the coastline and into Port Phillip Bay
- Promoting the re-establishment of natural habitat for wildlife in the Werribee River catchment
- Providing attractive natural places for people to access and enjoy
- Providing educational programs about environmentally sustainable practices, educating a growing and diverse population living in the west of Melbourne
With urbanisation continuing at a fast pace in the Werribee catchment, the need of the Riverkeeper role can be seen; stormwater inflows and litter are proving very damaging to the river and its fauna, clearance of riverside vegetation due to perceived dangers such as snakes is harming habitat, while other threats such as climate change are only too evident.
Also of concern is the huge change to the landscape out west of Melbourne by the loss of precious views and human health enhancing amenity of the river and other waterways by developers, and at times by authorities who have a responsibility to house the growing population in the west of Melbourne.
The success of the Waterkeeper movement lies with the fact that individual Waterkeepers are connected to each other as a network, making them more effective in their communities’ courtrooms, classrooms, and in the media.
Riverkeeper® is a registered trademark and service mark of Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc. and is licensed for use herein.