Many industrial, commercial and domestic activities cause water to become polluted with contaminants. The Environmental Protection Act 1994 prescribes certain contaminants that are not permitted to enter roadside gutters, stormwater drainage, waters or be reasonably expected to move to waters, roadside gutters, or stormwater drainage.
There are substantial penalties for the unlawful deposit of prescribed contaminants into our waters.
How can I keep waterways healthy?
- Detect all stormwater drains, inlets, channels, easements and waterway protecting them from potential contamination.
- Collect and lawfully dispose of litter or potential contaminant and collect all wastewater.
- Avoid using harmful or toxic chemicals when conducting activities such as pressure cleaning.
- Have a means of containing waste such as a spill kit or regulated waste transporter.
- Ensure adequate rubbish containment to prevent the movement of litter.
- Install appropriate measures to prevent contaminant discharge such as erosion and sediment controls.
Council regulation of waterways
In accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1994 Council has the devolved responsibility of enforcing the protection of our waterways within the boundaries of Cairns Regional Council.