Marine & Freshwater Environments
South Australia’s marine and freshwater environments are
vital natural resources, providing recreation and pleasure, as well
as being essential to our economy and fishing industry. Our estuaries
are important to the maintenance of fish stocks and our wetlands
are a vital habitat for birds and other species.
Minimising of impacts to freshwater and marine environments is
a challenge for Transport SA’s business.
Protecting the quality of South Australia’s rivers, streams
and groundwater is essential, not only to provide quality drinking
water, but water for industry, recreation and conservation.
Infrastructure construction and maintenance, vehicle emissions
and particles from road and vehicle wear and tear, contribute to
the many human activities that affect our marine and freshwater
Unfortunately our freshwater environment has been significantly
degraded by past practices. Our marine waters, which contain some
of the worlds most diverse and significant marine habitats, are
also potentially at risk from pollution from shipping such as oil
spills and the introduction of marine pests and pollution from land
based activities. Stormwater (rainwater runoff) runs directly into
our waterways and oceans bringing with it litter, garden waste,
material washed off roads and other pollutants.