Waterways

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The Camden Local Government Area has 26 kilometres of open drainage channels and over 680 kilometres of stormwater pipes that drain into the South Creek and Nepean River catchments.

The rapid transformation of rural land into urban areas with hard surfaces, including dwelling roofs, footpaths, driveways and roads, means less rainwater is absorbed into the ground. During rain events, the increased volume of fast-moving urban runoff (stormwater) collects pollutants such as litter, fertilisers, sediment, dog droppings and leaves, and flows into stormwater drains and eventually our local waterways.

As stormwater is collected separately to sewage and not usually treated before entering waterways, it is important to keep these pollutants out of our stormwater drains.

You can take the pledge to Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution, click here.

World Rivers Day 2021 Competition

Terms and Conditions

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Submit your entry by commenting on Camden Council’s World Rivers Day 2021 competition post on Camden Council’s Facebook page. Comments must include stories, photos, or experiences on how you interact with, celebrate, remember, protect and/or enhance your waterways, and can include, but is not limited to:

a. Undertaking Waterway Walk route;

b. Committing to the Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution pledge; or

c. Utilising the Waterway Walk Bingo cards.

2. Ensure the comment is public, so Camden Council can see it.

PRIZE:

Two winners will be randomly selected to receive a $100 Visa gift card each.

ELIGIBILITY:

Open to all ages.

Entrants must reside in the Camden Local Government Area.

Camden Council employees, volunteers, contractors, consultants, Committee members, their families and household members are ineligible to enter.

FORMAT:

Entries only via Council’s competition post on Facebook. 

Emailed, hard copy or entries in any other form will not be accepted.

NUMBER OF ENTRIES:

Only one entry will be accepted per entrant. Subsequent entries by the same person of the same comment will be deemed invalid entries.

  1. The promoter is Camden Council, ABN 31 117 341 764, 70 Central Avenue, Oran Park NSW 2570.
  2. Any updates to the Terms and Conditions will be published on our website www.camdencouncil.com.au, so it’s important to check for updates.
  3. The matters under How to Enter, Prize, Eligibility, Format and Number of Entries in this document form part of the Terms and Conditions.
  4. Competition opens Sunday, 26 September 2021 at 7am and closes Wednesday, 29 September at 2021 5pm.
  5. Camden Council reserves the right to change any terms and conditions of this competition without notice.
  6. This is a game of chance. The winner will be selected at random from the comments on the Facebook post.
  7. Winners will be announced on Council’s Facebook page by Friday 1 October 2021 5pm and winners will be individually contacted.
  8. Camden Council may require proof of residency in the Camden Local Government Area before confirming the winner.
  9. Camden Council will not accept entries that are incomplete.
  10. Camden Council cannot be held responsible for any lost, late or misdirected entries and no compensation will be offered in the event of any technological or other malfunction with Facebook or Camden Council’s social media account that may adversely affect an entrant or their entry.
  11. Camden Council reserves the right to disqualify any contestant at its sole discretion if it is of the reasonable opinion that he/she has breached the terms and conditions or acted inappropriately in any way.
  12. If the competition cannot be run for reasons beyond Camden Council’s reasonable control, Camden Council reserves the right to cancel or modify the competition. If cancelled under this clause, Camden Council may choose to select a winner from eligible entries, if any, received at the time of cancellation or it may choose to award no prize.
  13. Camden Council reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel this competition at any time. If cancelled under this clause, Camden Council may choose to select a winner from eligible entries, if any, received at the time of cancellation or it may choose to award no prize.
  14. Camden Council reserves the right to use, reproduce and share with external third parties any photos and other details submitted in the comments for the purposes of promotion for this competition and other Council initiatives.
  15. Camden Council will liaise with the winner to coordinate delivery of the prize in line with current Public Health Orders.
  16. By entering this competition, the entrant understands and gives permission for Camden Council to provide their personal information to GiftCardStore.com.au. Thereafter, the arrangement and delivery of the prize are the responsibility of GiftCardStore.com.au and the entrant.
  17. If a winner is not contactable by Camden Council before Friday, 1 October 2021 at 12pm, the prize will be forfeited, and Council reserves the right to select another random winner.
  18. Lost or stolen prizes will not be replaced.
  19. Prizes are not negotiable, exchangeable, transferable or redeemable for cash.
  20. By entering this competition, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and indemnify Camden Council, including its employees, agents and assigns from any and all liability, damage, claim of any nature whatsoever arising out of or in any way related to their participation in this competition (or the participation of the person under the age of 18 for whom they are a parent or legal guardian).
  21. All decisions made by Camden Council regarding any aspect of the Competition are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

 

The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIPA) provides for the protection of personal information and for the privacy of individuals, including personal information provided to Camden Council (Council). The personal information you provide to Council is being collected for administrative and assessment purposes. It will be used by Council staff and may be shared publicly for promotional purposes. You may at any time apply to Council for access to or amendment of the information in writing by email at mail@camden.nsw.gov.au . It is your responsibility to ensure that any information provided to Council is up‐to‐date. If you do not provide the requested information, you may not be able to participate in competition. For further information about how Council collects, uses and stores the information you provide, visit the website at https://www.camden.nsw.gov.au/council/policies/ to view Council’s Privacy Management Plan.

Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution

Did you know that water that runs off our roads, car parks, footpaths and gardens travels via our stormwater system to our local creeks and waterways?

By working together and pledging to small changes in our everyday lives, we can improve the quality of water that ends up in our beautiful waterways. You can show your support and pledge to make a difference by taking the Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution Pledge, click here.

 

Carp 

Carp, including colourful koi carp, are a large invasive freshwater fish that have been introduced to south-eastern Australian waterways and are known for degrading our natural aquatic environment. For more information, please refer to the Carp in Camden’s waterways postcard.

 

Duck Feeding 

While it might be fun to feed the wildlife at your local reserve or waterway, it can be very damaging to animals’ health and create issues of malnutrition, poor water quality, behavioural problems, and attract pests. Wildlife should be admired and respected from a distance. For more information, please refer to the Feeding the ducks does more harm than good postcard.

 

Erosion and Sediment Control 

Erosion and sediment controls are essential measures that prevent sediment and debris from entering streets, drains and our local waterways.

By containing soil and managing waste and other materials on your building site, you can:

  • Help keep our local waterways clean and healthy;
  • Reduce site issues caused by wet weather; and
  • Save on costs for replacing stockpiles that have been washed or blown away.

For more information, please refer to the Erosion and sediment control postcard.

 

Recreational Fishing 

Council advices against recreational fishing in our lakes and waterways due to poor water quality resulting from the surrounding urban environment and potential for contact with toxic blue-green algae.

If you are fishing in any waterway, it is a requirement to have a current NSW Recreational Fishing Licence. Fishers that capture carp are encouraged to retain and use any captured carp, or to humanely dispose of the carp, rather than return this pest species to the waterway.

Blue-Green Algae Monitoring

Algae is a natural part of the aquatic ecosystem, with most species safe or non-toxic. However, blue-green algae can produce toxins that may be damaging to humans, domestic animals and livestock that come in contact with the water.

In normal conditions, blue-green algae exist in low numbers and are part of a healthy ecosystem. However, under certain conditions, the algae can grow rapidly, producing an algal bloom. Blooms tend to be more common in the warmer months due to high levels of sunlight, low rainfall and high nutrients in waterways.

Council undertakes routine blue-green algae monitoring at a number of local waterbodies, including the Nepean River, over the warmer months and notifies the community if a red alert occurs. Residents and their pets should not come into physical contact with water in waterways signposted with algae warning signs.

To view current alerts, please refer to the blue-green algae alerts map below.

 

Identifying Blue-Green Algae

There are many species of naturally occurring blue-green algae with some known to be toxin producing. A blue-green algae bloom may be occurring on a waterbody if there are small green, red or brown flecks well-spaced or as a thick scum, with a green cloudiness/colour to the water and musty odour. 

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It’s also easy to mistake common free-floating plants growing on the water surface for blue-green algae. The 2 most common free-floating plants found in Camden’s lakes are native Duckweed (less than 2 cm long, with or without hair-like roots) and Azolla (fern-like, with roots, changes from green to red when mature). Both plants can act as a food source for birds and aquatic animals and help to prevent algae growth.