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What the State’s Auditor General concluded In 2014, WA’s Auditor General released a report “Our Heritage and Our Future: Health of the Swan Canning River System” (see report).  It said.. Poor river health The river is in “moderate to poor” condition and in decline due to decades of human impact in the catchment and urban areas. No progress in river health: “………………….. some small-scale programs have contributed to improving the condition of the rivers but the Trust has had little success in addressing the broader scale issues that would likely lead to measurable improvement in river health.” Underperforming management:  Concluded that its principal manager, the Swan River Trust (now incorporated as a River Division of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions) that: Monitoring since 1995 has provided evidence that all is not well. Management action is required to treat the symptoms and either manage or adapt to threats to river health.” Further it was said that: …….(the Swan River Trust) “has not clearly prioritised actions to address key threats and generate the greatest improvements in river health”. It noted that direct action is not undertaken through River Protection Notices because of; difficulties in pinpointing sources of contaminants entering the river system”.( Lacking accountability in management A lack of tools to adequately measure the effectiveness of management actions means that even if actions such as nutrient stripping wetlands are working to remove nutrients, there is no data to show that they are doing as intended.” Inadequate information Regular reporting to Parliament and the community on the overall health of the river using a comprehensive and easily understood report.” More legislation “achieving any meaningful change will not only require greater effort but additional legislation.” The illusion of health The Auditor noted that while its view was that while swans have become more abundant, dolphins are still seen in the river, fish are regularly caught and water-based activities such as swimming and kayaking remain popular, These signs of good health in the lower estuary may result in the community mistakenly thinking that the entire river system is healthy.”