The lagoons at Narrabeen, Manly, Dee Why and Curl Curl are fragile ecosystems that have taken a battering over the years. Their wetlands have been used as rubbish dumps, their banks cleared of native vegetation and suffocated by invasive species, and their waters polluted.

A group of hard-working residents on the beaches is determined to bring Curl Curl Lagoon back to life, and instil local pride in the creek that feeds it and the native bush that protects it.

In the latest episode of Radio Northern Beaches environment show and podcast, The Coast, presenter Wendy Frew interviews Paula Cowan from Curl Curl Lagoon Friends Inc. about the group’s efforts to improve the lagoon’s water quality and regenerate endemic bushland.

“I would love to see people engage with the lagoon and understand what they are looking at. When you understand something, you value it,” said Ms Cowan.

The latest initiative could be a clever fix – floating wetlands that both clean lagoon water and increase biodiversity in the waterway. A floating wetlands pilot project can be seen at the back of the North Curl Curl Community Centre.

In this episode, Wendy Frew also interviews coastal engineer and former Pittwater General Manager Angus Gordon about dredging operations at Narrabeen Lagoon, and chats with Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches President Brendan Donohoe about what that dredging means for surf breaks.

The Coast is broadcast on Fridays at 11.00am on Radio Northern Beaches (88.7/90.3FM) or listen at any time on-demand.

Images: Wendy Frew, Curl Curl Lagoon Friends Inc.

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