Nature conservation and land management

As part of our role in delivering water and sewerage services to the residents of Canberra and Queanbeyan, we are committed to protecting threatened species, ecological communities, and conserving the natural environments of our projects and assets.

Environmental flows

We make sure that the needs of the aquatic environment downstream of our dams and at all abstraction points are protected. This is done in accordance with the ACT Water Resources Act 2007 and through the Environment Flow Guidelines.

To read more about how we protect Environmental Flows, go to our Environmental Operational and Compliance Reports page using the navigation on the left side of this page under Environmental Management grouping for more information.

Preventing pollution, managing leaks and spills

We work hard to minimise our impact on the environment. When undertaking developments, we collaborate with the ACT Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the ACT Resources Unit to prevent and manage pollution.

Conserving protected trees, species and habitats

As part of the development of the Enlarged Cotter Dam (ECD) and Murrumbidgee to Googong Water Transfer Project (M2G), we provided a habitat to compensate for vegetation and habitat losses from the construction activities associated with these two projects.

The M2G offset habitat of approximately 110 hectares has been set aside for conservation due to its high biodiversity values; including Commonwealth, NSW and ACT listed Box-Gum Woodland, threatened flora and fauna species, and threatened species habitat.  

The ECD biodiversity offsets implementation program was a commitment in line with the conditions of approval for the construction of the ECD. The five year program covered over 400 hectares and is designed to rehabilitate and increase biodiversity in the fire damaged Cotter catchment.

Rehabilitating land

Following the construction of the Enlarged Cotter Dam (ECD) and the Murrumbidgee to Googong Water Transfer Project (M2G), we rehabilitated over 80 hectares of land disturbed by the construction of these projects. 

Innovative techniques to sow native grasses and forbs were implemented on the M2G project whilst over 30,000 trees and shrubs were planted on both sites to rehabilitate the land disturbed during the construction process.

Bushfire prevention 

Icon Water recognises the importance of managing bushfire fuel on land under its control in order to minimise the likelihood of fire starting and the consequences of fire in and around critical water and wastewater services and facilities.  

Icon Water develops and implements a Bushfire Operational Plan each year.  This helps to minimise the risks from bushfire to life, property and the environment. The primary purpose of the Plan is to reduce bushfire fuel loads but other actions are also included that help minimise the risk of bushfire around our sites.