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Wildlife on display in the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands

PHOTO BY MARK OLIVER A feeding frenzy of pelicans, charismatic dolphin and large numbers of fish and waterbirds delighted scientists carrying out seasonal monitoring on the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands in late January. High numbers of fish in the lower Vasse Estuary provided a feast for pelicans showcasing their impressive fishing skills.  Scientists witnessed a flock...
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Time to make better fertiliser choices

Farmers from across the Geographe catchment are set to receive expert advice on improving their productivity, and bottom line, by keeping nutrients on the farm and out of waterways. Close to 30 farmers who took part in the Revitalising Geographe Waterways fertiliser management program this year, will receive their soil test results and nutrient mapping...
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Vasse estuary summer of science

Scientific research to better understand and manage water quality in the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands is well underway for this summer. A number of exciting trials to improve water quality and better understand the ecology of the wetlands are being carried out by scientists over summer. Water quality monitoring in the Vasse estuary channel by the...
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Trial of algal bloom control scales up in Lower Vasse River

A unique trial using a Western Australian manufactured product to reduce algal blooms in rivers and estuaries is being extended in the Lower Vasse River this summer. The trial of phosphorus binding clay expands on last year’s experiment using 15 large bottomless tanks, or mesocosms, embedded in the river upstream of the Causeway Bridge. This...
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Water Minister visits Geographe Dairy Farms

Minister for Water, the Hon Dave Kelly MLA visited a Busselton dairy this month for an overview of DairyCare effluent and fertiliser projects in the catchment. The DairyCare project is addressing nutrient runoff from dairy farms under the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program. Dairy farmer Wesley Lammie showed Minister Kelly through the farm’s dairy shed and...
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Soil amendment trials

The next stage of Soil Amendment Trial at Vasse Oval Monitoring stations to collect water samples from beneath the ground surface were installed this week in the next stage of a soil amendment trial at Vasse Oval. The trial at the Vasse Sporting Complex aims to reduce the level of nutrients leached from the newly...
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Geographe waterways get health check-up

Waterways in the Geographe catchment are home to a healthy population of native fish and crayfish species, many of which only occur in the South West of WA according to a river health check-up carried out last week. Scientists from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation have been investigating the health of streams and...
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Innovative water treatment trial shows early promise

Initial stages of a trial aimed at controlling algal growth in the Lower Vasse River has demonstrated improved visual amenity and reduced phosphorus build-up associated with algal blooms. High nutrient concentrations and 24low flows in the river over summer can lead to blue-green algal blooms and nuisance odours. Fifteen tanks were immersed in the river...
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