The Federal Coalition says it would commit $1 million dollars to improving the health of the River Torrens if it wins the election.

The funding is part of the party's Clean Water Plan and would be spent on reducing nutrients in the water and stabilising the riverbank.

Delivery of the money would be spread over two years and used to fund initiatives agreed on by local councils.

The Torrens Lake in the city is regularly choked up by algal blooms during summer and is known to collect other pollutants including agricultural run-off.

Thousands of litres of dirty water poured out to sea in 2009 when the Torrens weir gates opened because of a malfunction.

The river flows through Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne's eastern Adelaide seat of Sturt and he says the money would help restore the waterway to health.

"This million dollars will be able to be spent on reducing silt on supporting the embankments along the river, on reducing the amount of nutrients that are flowing into the river," he said.

"That's good the for the environment, good for clean water, good for the amenity of the river [and] for those people who use it as tourists."

State Environment Minister Ian Hunter says while the South Australian Government would not knock back the money, it is unlikely to make a difference.

"It's not particularly well researched or detailed. We've been working on this issue for some time. They didn't approach us and essentially whilst we're not going to turn away contributions this is nowhere near enough to make a real impact," he said.

"The South Australian Government already spends double that amount each year, they have done for the last three years on water quality.

"Our research shows it's going to cost something like $15-30 million to clean up the Torrens to the level we'd like to see."


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