Hawkesbury River Waterkeeper

Protecting our Local Water Ways

The Western Sydney Unviersity, TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute (opens in a new window) and the Hawkesbury Environment Network (HEN) (opens in a new window) have entered into unique partnership to work together to protect the health and vitality of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River.

The agreement highlights the role of HEN's Hawkesbury River Waterkeeper who will provide independent and scientifically informed monitoring of river health and assist with community-based responses and remediation. 

About the Waterkeeper 

The Hawkesbury River Waterkeeper have achieved international recognition from the Waterkeeper Alliance (opens in a new window), a global movement of community based organisation employing on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Australia, Asia and Africa. The vision of the Waterkeeper movement is for fishable, swimmable and drinkable waterways worldwide. 

HEN's first Hawkesbury River Waterkeeper is Alan Midgley, PhD candidate in the UWS School of Science and Health. Alan is responsible for patrolling 21,400 square kilometers of the river between Wisemans Ferry and the mouth of the Grose River which include some of the earliest areas of European settlement and agriculture in Australia.

Waterkeeper holding bass

For further information about the Hawkesbury Environmental Network, please visit the Hawkesbury Environment Network (HEN) website (opens in a new window).