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Edward-Wakool System Project

The Edward-Wakool System Project is working with landholders and government agencies to promote a sustainable and resilient Edward-Wakool socio-ecological system. It is a partnership of Charles Sturt University, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries, Edward-Wakool Angling Association, Wakool Rivers Association, Colligen-Neimur Landholder Group, Western Murray Land Improvement Group and Murray LLS.

Activities undertaken

  • Native Catfish survey undertaken in the Barham Lakes system to determine population size and provenance.
  • Gauge board installations to assist in monitoring flows and planning of managed watering events.
  • Purchase of time lapse cameras to monitor fluctuations and responses to environmental water (e-water) at designated sites.
  • Updating of recreational fishing regulation signage at popular boat ramps in the Edward-Wakool system.
  • Support of the Wakool and Deniliquin Fishing Classic competitions.
  • Community Leaders program to encourage community members to take a leadership role in groups and activities across the region and encourage succession in community groups.
  • Increased acoustic monitoring of fish movement in the Edward-Wakool system to better understand Golden Perch movement and spawning locations to address low GP numbers in the system.
  • Increased vegetation monitoring in the Colligen Creek to measure vegetation response to e-water delivery to encourage fish movement back into Colligen Creek.
  • Continued collaboration with CSU and CEWO to assist community input into Edward-Wakool e-water delivery decision making.

Edward River at DeniliquinFor more information, please contact:

Jamie Hearn

Phone: 03 5880 1419

Mobile: 0447 420 789

Jamie.hearn@lls.nsw.gov.au

Funding for the Edward-Wakool System Project comes from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and the NSW Government through the Office of Environment and Heritage.