The Waterways program is one of the two operational Roles of the Authority (the other being in Floodplain Management). The Implementation or Waterway Program oversees river health and water quality research, monitoring and implementation activities in the catchment.
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority's Waterway Grants Program provides cash incentives for landholders to undertake works to prevent or repair degradation along waterways.
The program is enhanced when landholders and community groups assist the Goulburn Broken CMA to rehabilitate continuous stretches of waterways.
The grants are prioritised. When works undertaken by a landholder provide multiple benefits for the environment - such as improving water quality, protecting native vegetation and improving biodiversity - they will be rated highly and attract funding at the top end of the scale.
The grants are available for:
- Off-stream watering points for stock.
River Health Incentive Program FAQ's
GB CMA River Health Incentive Brochure
Works such as bed and bank stabilisation, exotic vegetation control and in-stream habitat enhancement may also be undertaken by the Goulburn Broken CMA where deemed appropriate for river health outcomes. All on-ground works are recorded with the Landholder in "Riparian Management Agreement".
Likely benefits of the works are:
- Improved habitat for native plants and animals;
- Reduced erosion;
- Reduced nutrient input;
- Decreased sediment loads and turbidity; and
- Improved aesthetics and stock shelter.
This year the CMA's River and Wetland Health & Implemenation Program has a number of projects targeting improvement in the health of our region's priority waterways and wetlands.