Water is essential to human life and the health of the environment. It includes marine, estuarine, freshwater (river and lakes) and groundwater environments that stretch across coastal and inland areas.

In the Camden Local Government Area, the extensive freshwater Nepean River system is the focus of the landscape and home to the platypus, the symbol of ‘Sustainable Camden’.

A healthy environment is one in which the water quality supports a rich and diverse community of organisms and protects public health. Water quality sustains ecological processes that support native fish populations, vegetation, wetlands and birdlife. 

Many human uses depend on water quality that is suitable for drinking, irrigation, watering stock, fishing and recreation, and to meet cultural and spiritual needs.

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