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SUMMER EDITION 2022

TRADITIONAL OWNER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and waters of the Moorabool River, the Wadawurrung People.  We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We are committed to continuing to work in partnership with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation to ensure their aspirations for the restoration and protection of the Moorabool River are achieved.

NEW BEGINNINGS FOR THE LIVING MOORABOOL FLAGSHIP E-NEWSLETTER 

Get ready for all the updates you need on one of the most important waterways in the state.

WHAT IS THE 'LIVING MOORABOOL FLAGSHIP’?

The Living Moorabool Flagship is a series of projects that all aim to improve the health of the Moorabool River downstream of the Lal Lal Reservoir, and the West Branch of Sutherland Creek.

There are a few different ways we are working to help improve the Moorabool River:

The project is about people, their connection to the river and how they maybe able to contribute to improving the waterway health of the river. This could be through citizen science programs, improved knowledge and understanding or a better understanding of the cultural significance of the river.

The project is also about physical works that will improve waterway health. This is through planning and delivery of water allocated for environmental outcomes (environmental water) and rehabilitating targeted areas of land next to the river (riparian land) through enhancing the vegetation.


The Flagship project is a great example of traditional owners, community, Landcare, local government, water authorities and the Corangamite CMA working together to improve the health of the river.


The Moorabool River at Dog Rocks. Credit: Andrew Sharpe

Along with these activities, there’s plenty of other projects we have going on that all contribute to improving life on the Moorabool River.

We can’t wait to share it all with you!

But first...

INTRODUCING THE NEW MOORABOOL FLAGSHIP COORDINATOR 

Amanda May took on the role of Project Officer in July 2021 and has been a fantastic asset to The Living Moorabool Management team. Amanda has an education background and has been teaching and coordinating Conservation and Land Management courses at the Gordon TAFE for many years. She also worked in a range of natural resource management roles in state and local government.

Amanda will be coordinating and communicating all the flagship activities along the waterway to make sure the Corangamite CMA are always building towards and maintaining a healthy river and community.

 

CITIZEN SCIENCE IS BOOMING ON THE MOORABOOL 

Spring/Summer is a busy time for the Citizen Science team!

In October 2021 the Corangamite CMA and volunteers completed a National Water Bug Blitz at four sites on the west branch of the Moorabool River. Volunteers took part in taking surveys along the river to monitor waterbug numbers.

Waterbugs (or aquatic macroinvertebrates) are small invertebrates that live in freshwater. The data from this survey provides quality information on waterway health, as each type of waterbug has a certain sensitivity to pollution or water quality changes in their waterway.

Our dedicated Waterwatch volunteers have been collecting Macroinvertebrate data on the Moorabool River for 20 years. Along with Water Quality data all results can be found on the Waterwatch Portal www.vic.waterwatch.org.au.


Corangamite CMA’s Zoe Hogan helps out with a Water Bug Blitz at Dog Rocks 

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD OF ‘ENVIRONMENTAL WATER’? 

First of all – what exactly is ‘Environmental Water?’

Environmental Water or ‘E-Water’ is the planned release of water into a waterway to benefit the environment. The planned release of E-Water depends on how much water is naturally entering a waterway at specific moments.

Studies have shown that best practice E-Water supports:   

  • Fish and Platypus movement 

  • Migration of Tupong, Galaxias, Short-finned Eel and Grayling 

  • The structure of the streambed and channel form 

  • Growth of native vegetation  

  • Habitat for fish, macroinvertebrates, platypus and aquatic vegetation 

  • Water quality

Here’s what we’ve got to share with you:

Lal Lal Reservoir filled and spilled into the Moorabool River through spring, providing some good natural flows. The Corangamite CMA started some low flow releases of water just before Christmas to keep the river flowing and connected and are planning a small summer release in January to assist with eel migration.

The Corangamite CMA is currently planning for when it is time to begin releasing environmental water again during summer, stay tuned!

RIPARIAN RULES ON THE RIVER 

Riparian land is the ‘buffer zone’ between water and land. The land could be used for anything from a recreation reserve to an area for livestock to graze. 

It's important to keep riparian land healthy and well covered with vegetation to help maintain a healthy waterway.