Wetland Regeneration and Water Quality Improvement on the Farm

Wetland Regeneration and Water Quality Improvement on the Farm

Friday October 11th, The Branch, 10am-1pm

Dr Steve Lucas of the University of Newcastle and Shrewd Environmental will be summarising results from the last 2 years of rainfall event‐based water quality monitoring, to identify sediment and nutrient “hotspots” in The Branch River catchment, funded by the Marine Estate Management Strategy grant program. Significant improvements in farm water quality and vegetation of riparian areas (mangrove and saltmarsh condition) have been observed using water sampling and analyses and drone surveys, after eight local farmers enacted plans to protect and regenerate their wetland and riparian area.

We’ll go on a Walk & Talk site tour with existing participants and a range of experts to explain the process and benefits to both the farm and the wider ecology. Learn how landholders made rapid and significant improvement in water quality and riparian and wetland ecology while enhancing grazing management infrastructure and outcomes.

This will be a chance to get involved in a future improvement project on your own land, and get information to help gain funding through grant programs. Chat to friendly Council and Local Land Services reps about opportunities for farm based regeneration projects in estuarine areas and up in the catchments.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP to Drew Morris at andrew.morris@midcoast.nsw.gov.au

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