ABC press release: Catchment Detox, this year's national project for National Science Week, is a major initiative by the ABC and its partners to help Australians better understand and manage the environment they live in. The radio series, featuring environmental journalist Michael Mackenzie, will take a practical look at the issues facing many of our own catchments, with hints and tips on catchment management.

The free online game, (, begins with a catchment in critical condition and through virtual years, decisions must be made on how to restore and sustain it, balancing three basic factors: the health of the environment, the economy and population growth.

“Catchment Detox is a multi-platform project with a 'sim' style game at its centre where players must deal with the environmental challenges facing us all,” said Ian Carroll, Director ABC Innovation.

Sue Howard, Director ABC Radio & Regional Content, says the radio component will support and enhance the experience of the online game.

"To assist players and give listeners a greater understanding of catchment management, ABC Local Radio will broadcast insights into five key elements of natural resource management: surface water, ground water, biodiversity, soil health and community sustainability," she said.

The radio series will be broadcast over a two week period, 25 August - 5 September, coinciding with a competition where the top player will win a trip for two to one of Australia's most pristine catchments - Lake Argyle in the Kimberleys. To be in the running to win players must register their score prior to 5 September. A special school prize is also available for school groups who register.

All radio programs will be available as podcasts following broadcast and, along with the game, will remain part of the detailed website as an ongoing resource. To visit the website or play Catchment Detox go to: (

Catchment Detox is an ABC initiative in partnership with eWater, the CSIRO, the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and National Science week. Catchment Detox is based on an original idea by Natural Resource Management advisor Tim Stubbs and consultant Lucy Broad.