CLLMM Monitoring Showcase
On 24 August 2011 government agencies, scientists and community organisations came together at the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Monitoring Showcase to discuss environmental monitoring data collected over the last 12 months, after the return of freshwater flows to the region.
Presentations were delivered on water quality, acid sulfate soils, fish, birds, frogs, plants, zooplankton and macroinvertebrates, and highlighted the importance of collaboration between researchers and government departments.
Monitoring results showed that although some species have responded positively to the high flows, such as certain fish in the Coorong and southern bell frogs in the Lower Lakes, many species are only just starting to recover. These include invertebrates and aquatic vegetation. Some species have even declined over the last year, including migratory waders and threatened freshwater fish.
The most important issues discussed included:
- the timing of delivering water to the Coorong
- the need for long-term data to determine trends and responses
- the need to effectively share information between organisations.
The Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Monitoring Showcase was organised jointly by the former Departments of Water and of Environment and Natural Resources, who were responsible for ecological monitoring in the region.
The event was funded by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s The Living Murray initiative, a joint initiative of the South Australian, Victorian, New South Wales, ACT and Commonwealth Governments and the Murray Futures Coorong and Lower Lakes Recovery Project funded by the Austrlaian Government’s Water for the Future program.
Below are links to the presentations given on the day. For more information please contact Adrienne Frears (DEWNR) on 0427 824 477 or Alec Rolston (DENR) on 0429 465 940.
Presentaton on Acid Sulphate Soils by Andrew Baker, CSIRO
Presentation on Aquatic Vegetation by Jason Nicol, SARDI
Presentation on Benthic Macroinvertebrates by Sabine Dittmann, Flinders University
Presentation on Community Monitoring by Regina Durbridge, GWLAP
Presentation on Coorong Fish by Qifeng Ye, SARDI
Presentation on Coorong Water Quality by Kane Aldridge, University of Adelaide
Presentation on Fish Movement Barrages by Chris Bice, SARDI
Presentation on Lower Lakes Water Quality by Luke Mosley, EPA
Presentation on the Southern Bell Frog by Kate Mason, SAMDB NRM Board
Presentation on Synthesis by Rebecca Lester and Ben Hamilton, Flinders University
Presentation on Threatened Fish Species by Scotte Wedderburn, University of Adelaide
Presentation on Threatened Native Fish Conservation by Arkellah Hall, DENR
Presentation on Waterbird Respnse to Flows by David Paton, University of Adelaide
Presentation on Zooplankton by Russ Sheil, University of Adelaide