|April 2006||National Research Flagship||www.csiro.au/healthycountry/|
Message from the Director
Building a Water Resources
Science supporting the Living Murray
One of the goals of the River Murray Theme within the Flagship is to provide the research to support the Murray-Darling Basin Commission’s Living Murray Initiative. Flood-dependent ecosystems along the Murray will soon begin to receive additional environmental water under the Initiative. Read more
Giving revegetation strategies the edge
Land clearing and loss of vegetation have significant impact on water quality and availability in a landscape. Plants and invertebrates both play an important role in filtering water running into watercourses, helping to retain water in a profile, reducing run-off and improving soil health. This research is providing the science needed to maximise the effectiveness of revegetation programs and developing holistic, complementary approaches that support the design and implementation of revegetation programs. Read more
Recreation in the Coorong
The survey, by the Water for a Healthy Country, is one of a number to be undertaken in the first stage of a study into recreation along the Murray River. This research will specifically inform the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth project within the Flagship. Read more
Real-time monitoring helps irrigators to be water wise
The Gnangara Mound, north of Perth, is currently supplying up to 60% of Perth's drinking water. It also supports a peri-urban horticultural industry and water for private and public parks and gardens. As rainfall continues to decline, and demand for water increases, putting pressure on its reserves, better understanding of the Mound's water balance is required. Read more
This research is addressing knowledge gaps relating to managed aquifer recharge (MAR) enabling government regulators to develop more rigorous guidelines and advancing water recycling as a reliable alternative for safe new supplies of water.
contact: Dr Simon Toze,
CSIRO Land and Water
Assessing land condition and sediment delivery in Great Barrier Reef catchments
Transport of water, sediments and nutrients from land to river, estuary and sea have important physical and ecological consequences in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) lagoon. Understanding the processes behind these consequences - how they vary and how they respond to other influences - is critical to better managing the system and monitoring water quality targets as outlined in the GBR Water Quality Protection Plan. Improved understanding and better monitoring are important steps in reducing the flow of sediments and nutrients to the GBR lagoon, one of the goals of the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship. Read more
A community creating its future
progress has been made on rolling out system-based analyses of all
the irrigation areas of the Murray. Using the
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Editor: Leane Regan
CSIRO Black Mountain Laboratories,
Canberra, ACT, 2601
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