This project carried over from the National Rivers Consortium Program and developed management tools to help incorporate groundwater dependant ecosystem (GDE) water requirements into water allocation planning by establishing a uniform and consistent approach to the assessment of environmental water requirements.
With the Australian Government acquiring and holding water entitlements, this project examined water entitlements in areas of interest and assessed their suitability for acquisition to achieve environmental outcomes, for the department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.
This project has been completed by Stuart Richardson and Jodie Pritchard of Resource & Environmental Management Pty Ltd; Marcus Cooling of Ecological Associates; Ray Evans from Salient Solutions; and Barry Croke and Geoffrey Adams from ICAM Australian National University.
The key element of this project involves the landscape-scale (1,500 ha) manipulation of water regimes on Dowd Morass in the Gippsland Lakes. Dowd Morass is subject to an inappropriate water regime, having been flooded more-or-less permanently since the mid 1970s despite it having probably experienced annual draw down and a dry period every 2-5 years under natural conditions in earlier times before river regulation and catchment development. It is subject also to chronic salinisation from saline (more)...
The Environmental Water Allocation Program engages with water managers and regional communities to build upon knowledge required for managing our rivers and waterways in a healthy state. This foundation project gram examined knowledge needs for the Program.