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Monitoring water quality across the South West

Rain, hail or shine the DWER south west water quality monitoring team are out and about in boats, cars or kayaks monitoring water quality of south west estuaries and catchments. The small team, based in Busselton and Bunbury, monitor the Leschenault Estuary, Hardy Inlet and Vasse Wonnerup wetlands and their catchment’s monthly. Results from estuary...
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Sediment removal program to commence in the Lower Vasse River

McGowan Government contributes $350,000 towards sediment removal in the Lower Vasse River in Busselton Important work funded through the $25 million Healthy Estuaries WA program Sediment removal works are a high priority to improve water quality in the river and reduce algal blooms Sediment removal is a key management action under the Lower Vasse River...
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Making cents of soil testing

A recent soil testing workshop brought Geographe farmers together face-to-face and online to get a better handle on their soil nutrients. Thirty-six farmers were involved in this year’s soil testing program, with over 20,000 soil samples collected across 688 paddocks. The workshops are part of the Geographe Soil Testing program which aims to give farmers...
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Celebrating the waterbirds of the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands

GeoCatch and Revitalising Geographe Waterways are raising awareness of the secret lives of thousands of amazing waterbirds that live on our doorstep at the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands. #WaterbirdWednesday will celebrate our waterbirds over the coming 12 months by sharing fun and interesting facts on the many species that visit the wetlands. Each year, the Vasse...
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Restoring streams a win for farmers and waterways

Local farmers protecting streams in the Geographe Bay Catchment are finding their actions benefit more than just the environment.   As part of Revitalising Geographe Waterways, 15 local farmers will work with GeoCatch to undertake stock-exclusion fencing and revegetation along waterways on their properties in 2022. Local father and daughter team, Ian and Nikki Slee,...
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Dairy farmers show and tell with shire planners

Dairy farmers across the state are working towards meeting new standards in the recently revised Code of Practice (the Code) for Dairy Farm Effluent Management 2021,  and by doing so are helping to keep waterways healthy and reduce their fertiliser bill. Farmers in the Geographe catchment are on the front foot after years of working...
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New Chair of Vasse Taskforce appointed

South West Region MLC Hon Jackie Jarvis, appointed as new Chair of the Vasse Taskforce Vasse Taskforce to continue McGowan Government’s ongoing commitment to the waterways of the Geographe Bay catchment. New Taskforce Chair replaces former Chair, Hon Dr Sally Talbot MLC Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced the appointment of Hon Jackie Jarvis MLC...
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uPtake wins AWA Award

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s (DWER) uPtake program has been recognised for its contribution to Research and Development Excellence at the Australian Water Association Awards held recently. uPtake was acknowledged for its innovative science to improve water quality in South West WA waterways and estuaries. The program is a partnership between DWER, the...
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Science informing management of the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands this summer

The complexities of managing water quality and ecology in the Vasse Estuary over summer were shared with the community at a science update hosted by GeoCatch. Scientists from the Departments of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and Edith Cowan University presented to 48 members of the community on proposed summer...
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Field day to share fertiliser science

Farmers attended an uPtake Trials Field Day in September to see firsthand two fertiliser trials underway in the Geographe Bay Catchment. As the sun was shining, the project partners shone a light on some of the outcomes of the trials so far. Local farmer Brett Sue said that he is interested in how this research...
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