The best available science and knowledge to inform management decisions is fundamental to ensure the future health of Geographe waterways. Science-based decision making for management is a key principle of Revitalising Geographe Waterways, which is supported by a comprehensive science, monitoring and modelling program (link to plan).
By Applying Science we will enhance our knowledge and understanding of Geographe waterways and catchment and the impacts of poor water quality on the social and ecological values of those waterways.
The program will also allow us to test ideas raised by the community to look at options for increasing flows and alternative management of surge barriers and sand bar openings to improve water quality. Science will be used to evaluate our actions and to inform the development of management plans for the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands, Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet.
The Revitalising Geographe Waterways science, monitoring and modelling program is being implemented through a range of projects in collaborative partnerships between state and local government agencies, universities and catchment groups.
The science of the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands is focusing on improving our understanding of the ecology of the wetlands and impacts of water levels and quality, developing models to assess the potential impacts of altering the current water regime and evaluating management actions to reduce the risk of fish kills and improve water quality.