The Federal Government has announced $8.56 million in funding from the Urban Waterways Renewal project to assist in improving water quality of the Swan and Canning Rivers.


"These projects will refurbish existing drainage lines and restore natural drainage features to improve water quality and environmental flows," Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water Senator Don Farrell said.



The construction phase will include the realignment of stream banks and riffle construction to reduce water velocity.


"Establishing native plants throughout the catchment will improve water quality by intercepting and drawing nutrients out of the water and will also improve habitats."


"In addition to improving water quality, these projects will enhance the environmental qualities of urban areas and restore natural habitats, improve biodiversity and reduce erosion."


The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Water for the Future initiative under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program.


An additional $4.5 million has been provided (in cash and kind) by state government initiatives, Water Corporation and the local governments of Armadale, Gosnells and Canning.