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Waterway frontage protection, even more critical during drought

Wednesday 29 October, 2008
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority is urging landowners to protect waterway frontages during the current drought.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority is urging landowners to protect waterway frontages during the current drought.

GB CMA Strategic River Health Manager Wayne Tennant said landowners with waterway frontage must be careful not to overgraze the river bank during dry periods because this can lead to long-term problems.

"We understand that many of these areas have been grazed however, stock should be removed after grazing as there are many impacts result on both river health and stock heath."

"Native vegetation along the river bank, also known as riparian zone, provides a filter for sediments and pollutants. When riparian zone 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.

"Overgrazing also reduces shade and habitat for aquatic life."

"Rivers are the lifeblood of the region. They provide a water source, recreational value and aesthetic beauty," Mr Tennant said.

Mr Tennant went on to say that they are integral to the social and economic fabric of the region.

"Damage to waterways often cannot be repaired, but preventative measures can be taken to promote river health."

Funding is available for landowners with waterway frontage in the Goulburn Broken Catchment to carry out works which will protect riparian zone on private property.

"Anyone interested in protecting waterways through fencing and install off-stream watering points for stock are asked to contact the GB CMA or local DPI office," Mr Tennant said.

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

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For more information please contact:

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