Stormwater Shepherds are a not-for-profit initiative targeting plastic pollution in riparian environments. Urban generated pollution accounts for a staggering 80% of ocean plastic, and we have made it our mission to stop it at the source. Our 2020 strategic goals in stormwater management and pollution prevention directly address the issue through prevention, action, and lobbying to improve the quality of our urban waterways.
Stormwater Shepherds 2020 strategic goals:
Prevention Driving positive outcomes through education
Action Community cleanups restoring our riparian environments
Advocacy to Raise Awareness Thought leadership on sustainable stormwater infrastructure management
WHAT IS STORMWATER SHEPHERDS?
Most people associate plastic pollution with our oceans and pictures of tangled, trapped and dying marine life like albatross, dolphins, turtles and whales. What many people do not know is that this pollution is occurring along way from the ocean. It is mostly happening a long way from the oceans and beaches, it is happening upstream in our cities, urban and industrial areas, and travels to our bays, harbours and oceans via our streams and rivers, wreaking havoc and destruction for aquatic life forms along the way.
Almost without exception, the pollution is entering our streams and rivers via our stormwater infrastructure!
Stormwater Shepherds is an aspiring not-for-profit initiative whose vision is to stop gross, plastic and other urban generated pollution entering our waterways and oceans via the stormwater network.
On behalf of our volunteers, donors, collaborators and stakeholders, Stormwater Shepherds play a lead role in shaping the future of water quality through organising community clean-ups, which leads to raising awareness and memorable education which motivates people to become enduring advocates for stormwater quality.
Our ambassadors and volunteers.
Together we are a task force of ambassadors passionate about;
• Sustainable management of stormwater infrastucture.
• Preventative education targeting plastic pollution behaviours.
• Removing and recycling plastic from urban areas to protect marine life.
• Positive riparian health outcomes.
If you'd like to get involved, or learn more about our organisation please reach out.