There are some 8,000kms of rivers and streams in the Port Phillip and Western Port region.
The economic, environmental and social benefits delivered by our rivers and streams depends on their continued health. In this region, only 23% of waterways are in good or excellent condition and many of these are located in closed water supply catchments and forested areas. This paints a troubling picture for the future of our waterways.
The condition of rivers is indicated by the Index of Stream Condition which measures flow regimes, water quality, the condition of river bed and banks, the health of native vegetation in riverbank zones and the diversity of native species present in the waterway.
Melbourne Water is responsible for the waterway, drainage and floodplain management functions in this region. Working in partnership with Melbourne Water and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA helps to implement projects in priority areas to help reduce nutrient and sediment inputs to the bays and waterways of the region.