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.
The Rudd Government has promised to tackle Australia’s water crisis confidently, equitably and efficiently. This report proposes that this commitment be extended to put in place a suite of institutional arrangements that can be confidently explained as ones likely to fix Australia’s water allocation and investment problems.
As discussed in the previous milestone reports, the drawdown of water levels in the Lower Lakes to unprecedented levels has provided an additional focus for the project. This has been done to provide relevant information to the managers and assist with both the short-term and long-term management of the region. It has included investigating the changes water quality during drawdown and likely changes in water quality upon reflooding the lakes.
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The primary aim of this project was to relate the water regime preferences of wetland plants to hydrology throughout the Murray River Basin and to predict the volume of additional water required to achieve optimal plant species diversity.
This report details the methods and key findings of the project which examined the impact of regulation and changes in water allocation on the community composition of wetland plants through the Murray River basin. Due to a lack of primary data, it deals (more)...
The degradation of Australia’s wetlands has brought into sharp focus the need to manage factors such as altered flow and water regimes. Exchanging knowledge between wetland managers and wetland scientists and putting knowledge into practice is an essential part of this management.
Yet environmental watering of wetlands is a relatively new type of intervention, especially where engineering infrastructure is used. It is largely restricted to south eastern Australia. Thus, while there is (more)...
The degradation of Australia’s wetlands has brought into sharp focus the need to manage factors such as altered flow and water regimes. Exchanging knowledge between wetland managers and wetland scientists and putting it into practice is an essential part of this management.
Yet environmental watering of wetlands is a relatively new type of intervention, especially where engineering infrastructure is used. It is largely restricted to south eastern Australia. Thus, while there is considerable (more)...
This project, by Mark Siebentritt aimed to produce a discussion paper outlining the current scientific knowledge with respect to watering wetlands, the extent to which water resource and wetland managers have access to this scientific information and the impediments they face in putting the information into practice.
This report was jointly commissioned by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and Land & Water Australia to assess the information needs for freshwater flows into estuaries. This report is based on the results of a desk study together with the outputs from an expert workshop.
It has the following objectives:
create a logical framework showing the potential links between freshwater inflows and (more)...