Wetland condition assessment
Ecological condition assessments are used to track and report on the ecological trajectory of areas over time in response to management interventions or natural events such as drought or flood.
Examples of wetland condition assessments carried out by WRT Ecological Consulting include:
Condition assessments to monitor the progress of ecological restoration of Lake Leaghur, McDonalds Swamp and Lake Yando 2016 to 2022
Damien Cook worked with members of the Barapa Barapa community to conduct condition assessments to monitor the effectiveness of ecological restoration activities at Lake Leaghur, Mc Donalds Swamp and Lake Yando
Condition assessments to monitor the progress of ecological restoration at Bunyip Swamp East and Bunyip Swamp West, Wirra-lo Wetlands Feb 2019 to June 2022
Damien Cook worked with members of the Barapa Barapa community to conduct condition assessments to monitor the effectiveness of ecological restoration activities at Bunyip Swamp East and Bunyip Swamp West, Wirra-lo Wetlands
Wetland and terrestrial vegetation condition monitoring at First, Second and Third Reedy Lakes, Little Lake Charm, Scott’s Creek and Racecourse Lake (2013)
Client: North Central Catchment Management Authority
Damien Cook was engaged by the North Central Catchment Management Authority on behalf of the G-MW Connections Project to assess the ecological values of six wetlands and surrounding lands in the Kerang Lakes Ramsar Site. These wetlands were the subject of an investigation that explored the possibility of their removal from the Torrumbarry Irrigation System to restore a more natural hydrological regime and lead to water savings throughout the catchment. This lead to Third Reedy Lake being bypassed by the irrigation system and returning to a more natural hydrological regime, alternating between flooding and drying.
Index of Wetland Condition Assessments (2009 and 2010/11)
Client: Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research
A rapid-assessment method that measures the condition of natural, non-marine influenced wetlands in Victoria. It comprises six sub-indices: hydrology, water properties, soils, physical form, wetland catchment and biota. Members of the Wetland Revival Trust team were involved in the assessment of approximately 300 wetlands across six CMA regions, September and December 2009, and December 2010 – January 2011.