Maintaining sufficient groundcover and effective riparian buffers is crucial steps to reducing erosion, maintaining good water quality in waterways.
In addition, rivers and creeks are vital living ecosystems that carry water from catchments into estuaries and oceans. They support thousands of species of fish, frogs, aquatic plants and insects, while yielding water for drinking, agriculture, industry and recreation.
- regional and sub-catchment NRM planning, including climate change mitigation and aquatic ecosystem adaption options
- knowledge generation, collation and exchange to ensure that sound scientific knowledge and principles are applied to achieve fully functioning and productive landscapes
- promotion of aquatic ecosystem conservation practices and capacity building to encourage collaboration and shared responsibility
- development and delivery of regional aquatic ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation programs
- monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement.
What can I do to protect wetlands?
- minimise disturbance to wetlands on your property
- erect fences to manage stock access to wet areas
- establish a buffer zone between your wetland and grazing or cropping land
- practice conservation farming techniques, including good chemical management
- form or join a community group to care for a wetland near your town or city
- avoid clearing dead wood and trees from wetlands as they provide valuable native habitat
- monitor the wetland area for weeds and pest animals regularly
- restore wetlands and natural water flows, communicating your plans with your local community where possible
- encourage native vegetation to grow in and around wetlands
- allow low-lying back swamps to fill and drain naturally so they can provide productive native grazing species such as water couch
- organise regular clean-up activities at your local wetland.
- managing access to water
- ensuring equitable sharing of water
- applications for licences and other approvals (such as building structures in streams)
- investigating illegal activity.
- Domestic and stock rights
- Native title rights
- Harvestable rights.
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