slide1

    12109: Helping the Helena – water quality monitoring of pollutants for linkages in fish and mussel decline

    Lead Minister for NRM Ken Baston (second from left) visited a water quality and sediment sampling site in the lower Helena River to announce new funding for the State NRM Program. Courtesy Department of Agriculture and Food.
    Lead Minister for NRM Ken Baston (second from left) visited a water quality and sediment sampling site in the lower Helena River to announce new funding for the State NRM Program. Courtesy Department of Agriculture and Food.

    The Helena River contains unique native freshwater fish and invertebrate populations, including the locally threatened native cobbler and vulnerable freshwater mussel Westralunio carteri.

    Habitat degradation and poor water quality are threatening these species.

    This project will:

    • test water quality in the Helena River at six sites every two months for a year
    • recommend strategies for the conservation of native freshwater species in the river
    • increase community awareness of freshwater species and their habitat.
    Investment: $ 37 500
    Delivery organisation: Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council
    Project duration: January 2013 - June 2014
    Location: Lower and middle reaches of the Helena River, a tributary of the Swan River

    Project partners

    Shire of Kalamunda; Shire of Mundaring; City of Swan; Perth Region NRM; Swan River Trust

    More information

    Return to previous page