Sustaining River Life is a management, sustainability and environmental education package. The goal is to assist students of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behaviour and constructive action concerning waterways and the environment.
The guide is based on the premise that students and their educators have a vital interest in learning about river health. The primary audience is educators of kindergarten through to high school students. This does not limit the usefulness of Sustaining River Life to formal educational settings however. Volunteers work with young people in pre-school and after-school programs; representatives of private, conservation, industry and community groups providing programs for young people; and personnel involved in preparation for becoming future teachers, are all among those who can use the instructional resources of this program.
The initial impetus for the development of this guide came from the Native Fish Strategy of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. This strategy has embedded in it the concept of ‘demonstration reaches’; stretches of rivers that once rehabilitated showcase the many benefits derived from healthy rivers.
Sustaining River Life came about through collaboration between three Murray-Darling Basin river reach projects: