On 3 December 2014, Lake Burley Griffin ambassadors launched an education strategy to explain the simple ways the community can help improve water quality in Canberra’s streams, wetlands and lakes.
The strategy, developed by the NCA, encourages social media users to share tips on protecting Canberra’s waterways using the hashtag #LoveLBG. Posters, flyers and stickers have been developed with the message, ‘Canberra’s Drains are Just for the Rain’.
Tips to improve water quality include:
- Wash your car on the grass. Do not let the soap enter the drains, or use a water-recycling car wash facility. Phosphates from detergents encourage algal growth.
- Do not flush chemicals or paint into stormwater drains. This means fresher water for fish, birds, frogs and for everyone else.
- Prevent leaves and grass clippings from washing down the drain. Use smaller amounts of fertilisers and garden chemicals.
- Put rubbish in bins, paper and plastics in the recycling and do not throw cigarette butts in the gutter. This helps to keep streams and beaches clean.
- Clean up after your dog. Animal waste promotes harmful bacteria in the water.
- Compost garden waste and use it to improve garden soil. Green waste when released into the waterways results in algal blooms.
- Clearing gutters and raking up garden waste to prevent them being washed down the drains.
A poster and flyer can be downloaded below to place around your workplace or community group. These are also available from the National Capital Authority, Treasury Building, King Edward Terrace and the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point.