A river management mix of theory and experience

Gain some wisdom…

We always like to learn more about our rivers, and in late October Haydn Burgess, our  Rivers of Carbon Manager at Greening Australia, attended the Wise Water Ways Workshop in Beechworth, Victoria.  The Wise Water Ways Workshop, founded in 1999, aims to provide an integrated approach to stream management, focusing on hydrology, water quality, ecology, riparian vegetation, geomorphology and rehabilitation techniques.  Presenters at the 2015 workshop included Professor Andrew Boulton (University of New England), Dr Phil Suter (La Trobe University) and Professor Ian Rutherford (University of Melbourne). Participants received a good mix of theory and practical hands-on experience during the week-long workshop, and had to develop a management plan for a stretch of river, culminating in a presentation to other participants on the final night of the workshop.

Dr Phil Suter demonstrating macroinvertebrate sampling techniques at Reedy Creek near Beechworth.
Dr Phil Suter demonstrating macroinvertebrate sampling techniques at Reedy Creek near Beechworth.
Terry McCormack and Andrew Briggs (North East CMA) discussing willow identification.
Terry McCormack and Andrew Briggs (North East CMA) discussing willow identification.
Sampling macroinvertebrates in Yackandandah Creek for the river management assignment.
Sampling macroinvertebrates in Yackandandah Creek for the river management assignment.

get on the bus…

Continuing our goal of sharing knowledge, on the 27th of  November, Greening Australia staff organised a tour for interested Greening Australia members to look at the range of works being undertaken across different project sites in the region.  One of these sites is a Rivers of Carbon site at Sutton, north of Canberra. Haydn spoke to the group about the Rivers of Carbon Initiative in general, as well as the works undertaken on the property concerned, including willow control, fencing, alternative water and tubestock planting. Other sites visited included a Whole of Paddock Rehabilitation project, with the tour finishing with spot lighting for bettongs in Mulligan’s Flat Nature Reserve.

Jeni Delandre talking river management with Greening Australia members.
Jeni Delandre talking river management with Greening Australia members.

and gad about the river…

On Sunday 29 November, the Australian River Restoration Centre, Greening Australia and Yass Landcare Group organised a river management field day on the Yass River, with the theme of ‘Feeling Fishy’. 60 participants were welcomed to country by local Ngunawal elder Wally Bell, heard from Luke Pearce (NSW Fisheries) about threats faced by native fish in the Yass River, learned from Woo O’Reilly (Waterwatch) about macroinvertebrates as indicators of water quality, and spoke to Yass landcarers about their motivation to restore their stretch of the Yass River. The field day culminated with Luke Pearce creating some beautiful cuisine with carp, which astounded some participants.

Luke Pearce making thai fish cakes using carp, with Det Voges from Yass Area Network of Landcare Groups ably assisting.

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