THIS week is National Water Week and Cooma Region Waterwatch Coordinator Antia Brademann said there are good reasons to celebrate community environmental achievement in the Cooma area.
"Our community has plenty to show in terms of looking after our waterways," Ms Brademann said.
"In Cooma, the Keep Cooma Creek Clean campaign is a great example of our community coming together to help look after our local creek, which is a great asset to our town.
"Cooma Litterpickers, Cooma-Monaro Shire Council, Challenge, Waterwatch and local volunteers are also working together to protect the creek.
"On a catchment scale, across our region, dedicated Waterwatchers, Frogwatch and Platypus watch volunteers measure and look out for changes in our waterways to help inform us about what is going on in our rivers and creeks. This information is then used to get an idea of the health of waterways and identify what can be done to protect and improve them."
This year, the National Water Week theme is 'liveable communities' which highlights the importance of sustainable water management Australia wide, in the hope that everyone involved in water use and management will make sure that water is a top priority issue.
Ms Brademann said livable communities means making sure there is enough fresh, clean water to meet the needs of the community and the environment.
"In Cooma, and now also Canberra, if people so choose, we are very lucky to source our water from the Murrumbidgee River, which is pretty clean by world standards," Ms Brademann said.
"Livable communities also means looking after other beings that depend on water ecosystems. This is like taking out double insurance because a healthy river that supports a diversity of plants and animals will also supply clean fresh water.
"Working to ensure clean water supplies and improve our waterway health in our area are local councils, CMAs, Landcare and landholders by carrying out projects such as erosion control works, revegetating riparian zones, weed control and fencing to exclude stock."