Protecting our catchments

Our water catchments include near-pristine areas of subtropical rainforest such as at Rocky Creek Dam, and multiple-use catchments such as the catchment areas for Emigrant Creek Dam and the Wilsons River source.

Rous County Council envisages 'healthy, productive catchments with fully functioning ecosystems that produce clean water' as the future of our water catchment areas.

This vision includes:

  • water efficient homes and businesses with clean stormwater run-off

  • healthy wetlands, creeks and rivers

  • productive agriculture using less pesticides and fertilisers

  • healthy rainforest ecosystems

  • effective ground covers that minimise soil erosion

  • clean water!

To help achieve this vision, our Catchment Management Plan 2021-2025 (CMP) sets the strategy for the coordinated management of our drinking water catchments. This CMP replaces the previous catchment management plans for Rocky Creek Dam, Emigrant Creek Dam and Wilsons River Source. The key focus is to minimise the introduction of hazards in source water by maintaining and strengthening the existing catchment controls and providing additional tasks to manage catchment risks.

To learn more about protecting the health of our catchments, see below for more information.