Water Journal : Water Journal November 2011
industry news Improving River and Wetland Health National Water Commissioner, Professor Stuart Bunn, launched a national report on the Framework for the Assessment of River and Wetland Health at the Riversymposium 2011 conference in Brisbane in September. Professor Bunn said, "This framework can be used to compile a consistent and comparative picture of river and wetland health across Australia. This is important because it allows governments to better prioritise investments in river and wetland health projects and the delivery of environmental water." As stated in its recent report, The National Water Initiative -- Securing Australia's Water Future, the National Water Commission strongly supports environmental water purchases and recognises the positive outcomes they are delivering in the Murray-Darling Basin. "However," said Professor Bunn, "the Commission also found that governments need to improve how they monitor the ecological results of environmental watering. This is essential to build community confidence in the benefits of recovering water for wetlands and rivers." The development of this practical framework is a step towards being able to produce an authoritative national assessment of river and wetland health that brings together the results of existing monitoring programs conducted at state, territory and basin scales. Professor Bunn said, "The framework uses a comprehensive model based on seven river and wetland health components that range from catchment disturbance through to water quality and the condition of fish and other aquatic species. The framework has now been successfully tested by experts and found to be suitable for use around the country. "The National Water Commission developed the framework in cooperation with states and territories. It is now up to governments around Australia to use the framework to improve the way they assess and monitor river and wetland health." For more information please visit: www.nwc.gov.au Monitor Soil Moisture Levels with Stevens Water Products P: +61 3 8420 8999 E: firstname.lastname@example.org APPLICATIONS Turf Management Precision Agriculture Soil/Ground Water Remediation Greenhouse Applications Research NEMA-4 enclosure housing DL 3000 data logger, radio and battery Radio antenna Solar panel Hydra Probe soil sensors Tipping bucket rain gauge SAM System (computerised) www.esands.com SENSORS Soil Moisture Content Salinity Temperature Electrical Conductivity Dielectric Permativity BENEFITS Instantly measure soil moisture,conductivity, salinity, and temperature Measure flow of water, fertilizer from topsoil to sub-root zone Optimize watering and fertilization management Performs well in high-salinity soil Easy monitoring of remote crops The new framework will be used to compile a consistent picture of river and wetland health across Australia.
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