Welcome to the Derwent Estuary Program

“I have found a gulf which I explored on the west-side. Near the head are some plains extending to the foot of a large mountain...” British Captain John Hayes, 1793

Captain Hayes named this ‘gulf’ the River Derwent – which is Celtic for ‘clear water’.

Since Captain Hayes’ visit the Derwent has changed and a number of environmental issues now compromise its ‘clear water’. Issues include heavy metal contamination, stormwater pollution and loss of habitat and species.

The Derwent Estuary Program was established in 1999 to restore and promote the Derwent estuary. The Derwent Estuary Program is a partnership between State and Local government, industry and the community.

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Logo - Tasmanian State Government | Logo - Hobart City Council | Logo - Kingborough City Council | Logo - Glenorchy City Council | Logo - Clarence City CouncilLogo - Brighton City CouncilLogo - Derwent Valley Council


Logo - Hydro Tasmania | Logo - Norske Skog Boyer | Logo - NYR Star | Logo - Southern Water | Logo - Tasmanian Ports Corporation

Restoring and promoting the Derwent estuary