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Kent St Weir Refurbishment

In early 2017 the Kent Street Weir on the Canning River in Wilson will be getting a refurbishment.

The weir is designed to maintain an upstream freshwater pool by preventing backflow from the saline water of the Swan Canning estuary downstream.

The refurbishment will include a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, a fishway to provide fish passage beyond the weir and automated hydraulic gates to manage water levels and saline tidal intrusions.

Representatives from the The Department of Water and Department of Parks and Wildlife will be available to discuss the project on Saturday 10 December, 10am – 12noon, at the Kent St Weir, next to the Canning River Eco Education Centre and Canning River Cafe.

For further info, please visit the project webpage.

Dolphin Watch Day - thanks to the volunteers

Last night we recognised and thanked our Dolphin Watch volunteers for their contributions to the project!

It was a beautiful evening at Royal Perth Yacht Club and as the sun went down, the cold wind started to blow, but that didn't deter some of the volunteers from staying back to hit up the Dolphin Watch scientists with some curly questions.

Volunteer Joan Munro, was awarded Dolphin Watcher of The Year for the third year in a row and, volunteer Paige Myles, took out 2 awards for Citizen Scientist of the Year and Photographer of the Year!

A very special thanks to all the volunteers who put their heart and soul into making this citizen science project such a success.
(Image by Rachel Hutton)

Call for volunteers - help clean up the nurdles

Call for volunteers!
A heap of small black plastic pellets have washed up on the foreshore in North Fremantle, Minum Cove and East Fremantle. They are called nurdles and are the raw material used in the manufacturing of plastic products.

We do not know where they have come from but it is being investigated.

Help is needed to collect them before they are washed further up river or ingested by wildlife.If you are available, please meet us in the car park near Zephyr Cafe in East Fremantle where we will do a clean up along the beach.

As you can see in the images below, the nurdles are tiny so collecting them is very labour intensive.

We suggest bringing a fine sieve to sift through the sand and/or a trowel and bucket to fill with sand and water to collect the floating nurdles.

To thank you for your time, we will 'shout' all volunteers a coffee at Zephyr Cafe - please bring a reusable cup with you.

Meet: In the carpark near Zephyr Cafe, 61 Riverside Road, East Fremantle - look for the River Guardians' flags.

Date: Thursday 10 November 2016

Time: 8-10am

What to bring: A fine sieve and/or a bucket and trowel and lots of patience :)
BYO water bottle and sun protection.

We understand this is short notice and also a work day but if you can't make this event, please feel free to head to any of the beaches in North or East Fremantle to collect nurdles anytime. The rivers will love you for it.

Thanks to Daniel Jimenez and @plasticfreejuly for the images below.

Protect vegetation along Perth's foreshores

Vegetation damage is illegal. Help us stop it.

Perth has valuable community bushland reserves and trees which thousands of residents benefit from daily. Unfortunately there have been reported incidents where trees have been removed for aesthetic reasons to enhance water views. The community values trees for many reasons. Vegetation prevents erosion, provides vital native animal habitat and offers shade.

Every case of tree vandalism costs the community. Depending on the severity of the case, the cost can be more than $8000 for investigation, signage, replacement and remediation. In some cases Parks and Wildlife will erect a vegetation damage sign near the affected foreshore site to alert the public to a major act of tree vandalism and to help deter offenders from causing further damage. The sign is left in place for approximately two years, and only removed if there are no further incidents of vegetation damage in the location. This initiative has led to a 70 per cent decrease in vegetation damage incidents since the signs were introduced in 2007.

For more information and learn how you can help protect foreshore vegetation see the brochure.

 

World Environment Day clean up

World Environment Day on Sunday 5 June, was acknowledged by 76 volunteers who endured cold weather to clean up the Shelly Rossmoyne foreshore of the Canning River. Keep Australia Beautiful WA (KAB WA), Canning River Residents Environment Protection Association (CRREPA), City of Canning and the Department of Parks and Wildlife hosted the event for the community to help protect the Riverpark, and that they did, with more 42 bags of litter collected, an estimated 80 kg of rubbish removed from the foreshore in one morning!

CRREPA is a local community-based, not-for-profit, voluntary organisation working to protect and restore the health, diversity and productivity of the Canning River, in particular the Yagan Wetland Reserve and the Rossmoyne/Shelley foreshores. CRREPA volunteers attended with a display of their incredible work protecting the foreshore over many years.

Tristan Robertson from the Waylan Bay Scouts attended the clean up to work towards his Citizenship Badge. To achieve the badge, he had to participate in some form of community service for at least 2 hours and his ‘good turn’ collecting rubbish around the foreshore contributed to the huge haul of rubbish collected on the day.

English teacher Charlotte Faine from the International Institute of Business and Technology (IIBT) brought four Chinese students along to experience the Riverpark, help protect it and help develop their English at the same time. The international students also attended Dolphin Watch training earlier in the week.

Charlotte with international students Photo: Maureen Maher

Past president of the Booragoon Lions Club John Garrett attended with a group of dedicated volunteers who have been involved with monthly clean ups of the area since they connected with CRREPA in 2008. The group helps to keep the foreshore healthy by planting, weeding and removing rubbish with up to eight people assisting each time. Anne and Norman Good, Eric Muller and 92 year old George England, were part of the group keenly collecting rubbish and removing hazards for both the animals and people that frequent the Canning River.

George and John from Booragoon Lions Club Photo: Maureen Maher

City of Canning Councillor Patrick Hall happened past the keen volunteers on a morning cycle and was thrilled to hear about the volunteer effort. City of Canning staff assisted in the clean-up and removed the collected rubbish at the conclusion of the event.

By becoming a member of KAB WA, River Guardians and CRREPA, the community can stay informed of opportunities such as these and help keep the environment healthy. For more information, visit www.kabc.wa.gov.au, www.riverguardians.com and www.sercul.org.au/crrepa.