NGT talks about Glenshera Swamp and Lower Murray fish at the SA NRM Science Conference

11 May 2016 NGT talks about Glenshera Swamp and Lower Murray fish at the SA NRM Science Conference

A few weeks ago, a couple of NGT staff gave presentations at the SA NRM Science Conference in Adelaide.

On the Wednesday afternoon, I gave an overview of the restoration options work that Lachlan and I pulled together for Glenshera Swamp, in Stipiturus Conservation Park. It was especially great to catch up with some of the community members who have been so generous with their knowledge and supportive of the project so far, and to begin talking about our hopes of seeing the plan implemented in the near future.

One of the first potential steps shared in the presentation is shown below, which would involve reinstatement of the original meandering creek that formerly discharged into the top of Glenshera Swamp. For more information, the restoration options report can be downloaded here.

Restoring Glenshera Swamp begins with reinstating the original creek line which was deepened, straightened and diverted past the swamp in the 1940s.

Restoring Glenshera Swamp begins with reinstating the original creek line which was deepened, straightened and diverted past the swamp in the 1940s. The red bars show the potential locations of diversion structures to restore floodplain function and reinstate the original meanders of the creek.

Then on the Friday morning, Nick talked about the important research that has been taking place over recent years, looking into the rescue, conservation and recovery of native freshwater fish populations in the Lower Murray in SA. He challenged the audience to consider whether, based on current population data for key species, we are truly ready for another extended dry phase. Based on the figures, let’s hope we have a wet winter and spring ahead across the MDB Catchment and southern Australia generally to give our threatened fish a fighting chance.

Nick presents in the Braggs Lecture Theatre on the Friday morning of the 2016 SA NRM Science Conference in Adelaide

Thanks to DEWNR and the University of Adelaide for hosting a really diverse and informative event.

Mark Bachmann
Mark Bachmann
mark.bachmann@natureglenelg.org.au