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Human actions such as land clearing and natural events like bushfires can impact our waterways. Pollutants, including chemicals, oil and excess nutrients can also affect waterways and water quality.

EPA uses measures in the Environment Protection Act 1970 to prevent harm from pollution, and protect Victoria's waterways. EPA places controls on industry to help stop pollutants entering water environments. We have programs to monitor and assess our waters. EPA partners with businesses, government, individuals and groups to help protect our waterways.

We all have a role to play in protecting our waters. We can do this by not littering, and not putting things like paint, detergents and oil down stormwater drains.

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Reviewed 13 November 2019