Concerned Waterways Alliance


Let Rivers Be Rivers

The Concerned Waterways Alliance (CWA) is a network of community and environment groups from Gippsland to the Otways. We share a deep concern about the degraded state of southern Victoria’s rivers, wetlands and aquifers, and are committed to improving their health for the benefit of current and future generations.

Our Alliance


Our Purpose

We are a collective of individuals and community groups united by our shared and deep concern over the deterioration of our rivers, waterways and wetlands and poor water management in southern Victoria.  We come from many different catchments and yet we see the same tragedies unfolding: rivers depleted by over-extraction; wetlands on the brink of collapse due to insufficient flows; groundwater dependent ecosystems drying and dying; and contaminants leaching into our waterways. We come together now to raise a united voice for the rivers and waterways of southern Victoria.

Water leadership in the climate crisis

Lock in targets for sustainable water use 

Measure and monitor all the water we take from rivers and aquifers


Concerned Waterways Alliance comments on GM2030

CWA welcomes the release of GM 2030 and its commitment to sustainable groundwater use that protects ecosystems and supports living cultural environments. We support the emphasis on scientific, evidence-based management but have several questions and concerns about the...

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Victoria State Election 2022

The Victorian State Election was on 26 November. We would like to acknowledge all those who stood as candidates and to congratulate those who have won their seat.Our election asks were: Southern Victoria’s rivers are in trouble. Long term extraction of water for...

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Sustainable Water Strategy fails the leadership test

Appearances can be deceptive. It’s hard to believe that we’re in a water crisis when we are surrounded by lush green, and the rain just keeps on falling. But the climate crisis that is becoming increasingly apparent the world over is also a water crisis. Read Juliet...

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“Let our rivers be rivers, connected from source to sea, and flourishing in the face of climate change”

Concerned Waterways Alliance

The Concerned Waterways Alliance acknowledges that the lands and waterways of southern Victoria are the unceded territories of Easter Marr, Wadawurrung, Wurundjeri, Gunaikurnai and Bunurong peoples. We pay our respect to their Ancestors, who cared for Country since time began, and to all Traditional Owners who continue to speak and care for their Country.