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Meeting water yield challenges in North East Victoria

A series of online seminars planned for late October and November proposes to explore climate, demographic and environmental pressures on the availability of, and access to water in North East Victoria.

North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has partnered with the National Landcare Program, La Trobe University and the River Basin Management Society to host the three one-hour lunch-time seminars aimed at exploring the challenges and opportunities related to water yield that impact on North East communities and the environment.

Each of the three seminars will be themed:

  1. Water yield (current and projected), effects of natural disasters (drought, bushfires, floods and heat), environmental, agricultural and human requirements.
  2. Current management options for water including sensitive urban water design, managing and utilising effluent and storm water. The importance of environmental and cultural flows. Projected food production under a water constrained environment.
  3. Adaptive options and solutions for living in a constrained water environment. Examples of innovation in the way water resources utilisation is undertaken in the future. Identification of the gaps in knowledge, research needed to sustain the communities of North East Victoria and the Murray Darling Basin.

North East Victoria has diverse ecosystems, communities and economies which are reliant and impacted by the region’s rainfall and hydrology.

North East CMA chief executive Katie Warner said water yield will have been impacted by recent shocks including bushfires which have burned 20pc of the region.

“This is an opportune time to explore what is happening in our region and what it means for future planning and management of the region’s precious natural resources,” Ms Warner said.

One of the guest speakers at the 27 October seminar at 12pm will be Geoffrey Steendam, Senior Manager Hydrology and Climate Science, Water and Catchments – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Joining Mr Steendam at the first seminar will be Dr Lynette Bettio, senior climatologist, Bureau of Meteorology. The chair is Professor Nick Bond, Director Centre of Freshwater Ecosystems, La Trobe University.

Other seminars will be held on 10 November and 17 November. To register for all or individual seminars, go to https://northeastwateryield.eventbrite.com.au

This project is supported by North East Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, La Trobe University and the River Basin Management Society.

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