Waterway

Protecting waterway pools, supporting critical wildlife

Wednesday 29 October, 2008
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority is urging landowners to protect remnant pools of water, within local streams, during the current drought.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority is urging landowners to protect remnant pools of water, within local streams, during the current drought.

GB CMA Strategic River Health Manager Wayne Tennant said that the current drought is placing pressure on our water reserves and streams are becoming stressed.

"In times of drought some waterways will experience low flow while others may form as a series of pools or even dry out" said Mr Tennant.

"However, the remnant pools need to be protected, as they may be the only refuge for critical wildlife."

"Protecting the stream frontage is equally important. They provide a filter for sediments and pollutants. When the frontage is sparse, there is no filter which allows sediments and pollutants to enter the river. This in turn lowers water quality and can lead to algal blooms," Mr Tennant said.

"The CMA and Goulburn Murray Water are urging landowners not to pump pools dry, and will continue to monitor local waterways, particularly where threatened species are known to exist."

"If water is required, we suggest that other sources be investigated or contact Goulburn Murray Water, to seek assistance, in sourcing alternative water supplies, " Mr Tennant said.

For more information visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au

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For more information please contact

Wayne Tennant 5820 1100
Stacey Brauman at Impress Publicity 0400 644 637