Neil Blake, OAM, is the award-winning Port Phillip Baykeeper.
Neil is working to keep the Bay in good health today and for future generations, by combining projects of practical action, advocacy and education. We love to work collaboratively, so if you have an idea or a resource to contribute, please visit the Baykeeper website and get in touch. Download the Baykeeper Brochure for program ideas.
Part of the Waterkeeper Alliance
Waterkeepers are non-governmental advocates for an identified river, lake, bay, or sound. They are recognised by their community, local government and media as the voice for that particular body of water. They advocate compliance with environmental laws, respond to citizen complaints, identify problems which affect their bodies of water and devise appropriate remedies to address these problems.
A Waterkeeper is an informed environmental advocate
Waterkeepers employ a variety of strategies to curb pollution, including:
- Monitoring water quality, plants and animals
- Investigating point and non-point pollution sources
- Attending waterway management advisory meetings
- Educating and motivating the public to act on behalf of the water
- Participating in environmental scoping sessions
- Devising solutions to water quality problems
- Pursuing litigation to enforce compliance with environmental laws