River health and water flows topical

Shirley Saywell

VOICES FOR WATER: Fern Hames spoke passionately of the recovering trout cod population in the Seven Creeks.

A TEAM of experts in river health and environmental flows shared their knowledge at the Water Management and Environmental Flows forum on Saturday.

The event, organised by Strathbogie Voices, and chaired by Christine Forster from the Environmental Farmers Network, was fifth in the series of conversations about climate change.

Some 80 people attended the forum about where the key messages conveyed were regarding restoring river health and allowing rivers to connect back to the land.

Speakers from GBCMA (Gouburn Broken Catchment Management Authority), MDBA (Murray Darling Basin Authority), ARI (Arthur Rylah Institute) and the Alliance for Water Stewardship spoke about the shire’s highly modified environment and the challenges this presents to them.

Droughts, climate change, dams and reservoirs have all contributed to how water flows to the lower catchment, affecting soil moisture, exchange of nutrients, fish breeding and a myriad of ecosystem functions.

With so many demands on this water resource, there is a need to balance farming, business and environmental needs through planning and co-ordination.

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