River Guardians makes health of Perth’s waterways a priority

Trudy Klessons wants to help make Perth's waterways clean.
Trudy Klessons wants to help make Perth's waterways clean.

TRUDY Klessons is among the volunteers who help make Perth’s waterways clean and healthy as part of the River Guardians program.

The Mt Pleasant resident is involved in the Dolphin Watch program, which is a citizen science program, that allows people to monitor rivers as dolphins are potential indicators of river health.

“I’ve always loved dolphins and I started seeing them regularly during my walks near Deep Water Point, so I thought it would be a nice thing to do,” she said.

“I take part in the program every time I go for a walk with my dog and if I see a dolphin then I grab my camera and shoot.

Mrs Klessons and her husband Mike have also set up a Reel It In bin at Point Walter Point, which are fishing line disposal bins that help reduce fishing line and tackle around Perth’s rivers.

About 3000 people have signed up to be River Guardians since it launched in 2008 with about 1000 people trained to take part in the Dolphin Watch program.

River Guardian volunteers take art in projects as well as one-off events like planting, rubbish collecting and social media campaigns.

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