This morning’s local newspaper The Mercury published a story about cleaning up the Derwent River. Please check out the site, at least to see a grand picture of the Derwent with the eastern shore in the distance, the Tasman Bridge and swimming black swans in the foreground. Go to: http://www.news.com.au/national/tasmania/united-effort-for-a-clean-river-derwent/story-fnn32rbc-1227069149722
You will read that the Derwent Estuary Program, established in 2001, is an attempt to reduce heavy metal contamination, encourage better urban planning to reduce river pollution and conserve animal habitats. There are some significant industrial sites such as Nyrstar zinc works and the Norske Skog paper mill located on the edge of the River, all of which I will walk past at some stage as I walk the River’s length.