One of the key features of the Southern Highlands is our local waterways. Rivers like the Wingecarribee River provide habitat for aquatic species like the platypus and contribute to Sydney’s drinking water supply. Council coordinates water quality monitoring and the Waterwatch program to assess waterway health. We also prepare flood studies to assist with future planning and community safety.
Under the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy the management of flood prone land is, primarily, the responsibility of councils.
A simple guide of aquatic phenomena in the area and when and who you should notify if you suspect pollution is occurring.
Wingecarribee Shire Council's Waterwatch program is monitoring the health of key urban waterways including Mittagong Creek Bowral, Lake Alexandra Mittagong, Caalang Creek Robertson and Whites Creek Moss Vale.