Aim to improve rivers

The Swan River Trust is seeking support from the City for this project by matching the amount to go towards water quality monitoring in the City of Canning section of the Bull Creek Catchment.

The catchment is mostly in Canning and Melville and the program aims to improve water quality and reduce nutrients in the Swan and Canning rivers.

In last week’s edition of the Canning Times, Canning River Residents Environmental Protection Association member Kenneth Keesing expressed concerns for people’s health if the water quality is not improved.

Mr Keesing said non-nutrient contaminants including hydrocarbons and heavy metals in both sediment and water in the catchment were alarming.

A City spokesperson said any contributions would be subject to future reports to council.

‘At this stage, council has committed to consider matching a $20,000 financial contribution from the Swan River Trust and in-kind support towards water quality monitoring in the City of Canning section of the Bull Creek Catchment, in association with the 2013/14 draft annual budget,’ he said.

‘The Swan and Canning rivers are showing signs of environmental stress, as are waterways around the world.

‘Should the Swan River Trust seek funding contributions from the City to support these projects, these contributions will be the subject of future reports or budgetary recommendations.’