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.


Coliban Water vs the EPA at VCAT – A Concerning Precedent

"The issue of using treated wastewater to provide an environmental benefit to rivers impacted by climate change has been a vexed one for many years. Increasing volumes of discharges from treatment plants into receiving streams, particularly those impacted by dwindling...

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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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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

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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.