Early warning signs for river health in the Karuah, Wallis and Myall Catchments
MidCoast Council has released the 2016 Waterways and Catchment Report Card (PDF, 21MB)which shows that some river systems in our catchments are showing signs of stress. Healthy waterways are fundamental to life in our region.
Dr Peter Scanes from the NSW Department of Office Environment and Heritage leads the independent team of scientists contracted by MidCoast Council to assess the health of our waterways. He says "our scientists found that sites in the upper reaches of the Karuah, Myall, Coolongolook, Wangwauk, Wallingat and Wallamba Rivers were typically in excellent health.
"Further down these rivers, health declines with higher inputs of both nutrients and sediments leading to algae growth and stress to river bug populations. Whilst river health is hanging in there for now, there are clear warning signs that action is required and it is great to see MidCoast Council working with the community to address this."
Council is working with landholders to reduce the unintended negative impacts of human activities on the water quality of our catchment's waterways. Continued effort is required to improve all types of land use practices to help ensure river health.
The role of agriculture in the health of waterways is important and Council seeks to support the agricultural industry in our region through improved farming methods that lead to sustainable growth and protection of our waterways.
Lynne Strong, internationally recognised farmer from Clover Hill Dairies at Jamberoo, spoke at the Report Card release on the importance of agriculture to our economy and waterway health. "Intensive farming with increased farm productivity can go hand in hand with waterway health. We are all in this together and we need to engage all stakeholders and people of all ages to work effectively towards a common vision of clean air and clean water for everyone."
Council seeks to support agricultural industries in the region to improve and enhance farming methods that will lead to sustainable growth and protection of our waterways.
"We have put together a short fact sheet with some ideas on how to get started with improving farm profitability and waterway health(PDF, 5MB), and there are also some great videos on our website showing examples of farmers in our area who are on the right track" said MidCoast Council's Catchment Officer, Debbi Delaney. You can view these videos below.
"Council is committed to providing ongoing support to landholders who are interested in improving farm methods that also improve waterway health".
You can download all of the relevant documents by clicking on the links under 'Related Information" at the bottom of this page.
Lynne Strong on Natural Resource Management and Farm Productivity
Video stories of local farmers in the Karuah Catchment