Adelaide Port Waterways (Barker Inlet & Port River)


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

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About the catchment

The Port Waterways catchment consists of the Port River, North Arm, North Arm Creek, Angas Inlet and Barker Inlet.

It is wholly contained within the Adelaide Coastal Waters catchment and occupies small areas of the Gawler River and Torrens River drainage basins.

Values to be protected

The Port Waterways are areas of major ecological, commercial, cultural and recreational importance to the Adelaide region and to South Australia.

Water quality issues

There are two main point sources that contribute to nitrogen and phosphorus loads to the waterways - Penrice Soda Products and the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Port River-Barker Inlet system is of major ecological importance, supporting commercial and recreational fisheries, resident bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) and important bird habitat.

Key water quality improvement projects

Key stakeholders / agencies

  • South Australian Environment Protection Authority
  • SA Water
  • Penrice Soda Products
  • Department for Environment and Heritage South Australia