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Why the concern? Perth is a prosperous city with endless clean beaches and is famous for its wildflowers and its Mediterranean climate. This capital of the state is located on the Swan River which was in 2004 declared the “first heritage icon” and the senior Minister of State once described it as  stunning”. This descriptions seems reasonable as in summer, the surface of the river is bedecked with sailboats, water skiers, ski jets, and the like and that superficial beauty is reflected in the glossy publications from government agencies. Below the surface it is very different and looking back over a few decades, the river has precipitously declined with experts tipping its death by 2020. Why is this happening? An agency dedicated to the Swan River, the Swan River Trust, was in 2015 absorbed by a broader govenment agency after having two of its annual reports suppressed by the responsible Minister of government and even criticised by the Auditor General for not performing. Prior to that, a recommendation to actually deal with the problem, the Fertiliser Action Plan was in 2008 watered down after a change of government to be largely ineffective idea to defer actually dealing with the problem, at least in the current political cycle. The river is declining........ Some small sections of the river are on five oxygen-injecting life-support systems that could be described as costly palliative care systems. Algal blooms sometimes breakout during the summer which, with bacteria growths has required closures of the river to swimming. With attempts to deal with the symptoms of its decline, that includes the restocking of the once-plentiful prawns, the administrators are  dealing with the symptoms and not the cause. All this without adequate information to the public who are paying for this and unaware of the precipitous situation. There is an opportunity for halting the decline and for reducing the costs borne by the taxpayers. This is described in the report (and soon on this website). Below are weekly screen captures from Dept. of Parks and Wildlife website from 16 January  showing influence of summer rains on reported algae levels including health warnings beginning 21 April 2017. P and N levels, which trigger the algae, are not so reported. The images will begin to cycle in a few seconds.  
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