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A unique trial using a Western Australian manufactured product to reduce algal blooms in rivers and estuaries is being extended in the Lower Vasse River this summer.
A company which used more than 34 million litres of bore water without a licence has been found guilty of three water offences in Bunbury Magistrates Court.
A health check of the Scott River and tributaries of the Lower Blackwood catchment has revealed a system rich in native fish and crayfish, including spawning grounds for native species such as the vulnerable Balston’s pygmy perch.
The Department of Water and Environmental regulation has completed its investigation into reports of fish deaths near Kununurra.
A new WA created phosphorus-binding clay designed to fight algal blooms in regional waterways is being trialled in a large agricultural drain in the Peel-Harvey catchment.
Waterways in the Geographe catchment are home to a healthy population of native fish and crayfish species, many of which only occur in the South West of WA according to a river health check-up carried out last week.
A company with water licenses in the Myalup and Ludlow areas of the South West has pleaded guilty to two charges of taking water in excess of a licensed entitlement.
Three new monitoring stations have been installed in the Wilson Inlet to help State Government scientists better understand the inlet’s characteristics.
Farming, land and water management experts gathered in Mandurah today to discuss the best ways to manage nutrient run-off into Western Australian estuaries
Investigations into the death of approximately 500 bream and herring in the Murray River last month have been completed.
Households with garden bores are being reminded to make sure their bores are turned off for winter, or risk fines if they aren’t.
The reminder comes after a higher than usual number of garden bore users have been reported running since the ban came into place on 1 June 2017.
The Department of Water and Department of Fisheries are currently responding to reports of dead fish in the Murray River between Ravenswood and South Yunderup.
The Department of Water has completed its investigation into recent reports of dead fish in the Murray River near Ravenswood, from Murray Bend to Rodoreda Crescent.
The Department of Water has identified significant levels of an algae species, known to be involved in fish kills, in the Vasse estuary this week.
The Department of Water and Department of Fisheries have responded to reports of dead fish in the Murray River near North Yunderup.
Installation of a temporary bridge across Canning River is complete with the upgrade of Kent Street Weir underway.
Initial stages of a trial aimed at controlling algal growth in the Lower Vasse River has demonstrated improved visual amenity and reduced phosphorus build-up associated with algal blooms.
Renovation of Kent Street Weir and public walkway will start in the last week of March, with works planned to provide minimal noise and interruption to bridge and park users and the local community.
Unrestricted pumping from the lower Gascoyne’s Riverbed Sands aquifer has been declared for Carnarvon irrigators for the month of February.
Water expert Roy Stone of Duncraig was named as a recipient of an Australian Day Achievement Medallion as part of an Australia-wide recognition of the contribution of public servants to the nation.
Water expert Dr Kath Lynch of Busselton was named as a recipient of an Australian Day Achievement Medallion as part of an Australia-wide recognition of the contribution of public servants to the nation.
State and local government agencies have been busy over the Christmas-New Year period in the Vasse-Wonnerup estuaries as summer hots up and stresses mount on water quality.
Good winter rains have provided scientists with an opportunity to study the influence of higher than usual water levels on the health of the Vasse-Wonnerup wetlands.
The Department of Water has awarded a contract for the refurbishment of Kent Street Weir on the Canning River.
Better winter rainfall in 2016 has lifted the flows of many of the State’s key south west river systems, a recently released annual assessment by the Department of Water reveals.
The Department of Water and Department of Fisheries have responded to reports during September of dead fish near the mouth of the Murchison River at Kalbarri.
Technical expertise developed by the Department of Water to manage West Australia’s inland waterways has been recognised with two ABA100 Awards.
Live data from gauging stations measuring river levels in the Avon catchment have picked up even more water flowing into the river as the time clock counts down to WA’s premier whitewater event this weekend.
A company with water licences in the Myalup area of the South West has pleaded guilty to two charges of taking water in excess of a licensed entitlement.
The Department of Water is trialling a web-based tool for land developers, local government and state government to assess nutrient export from urban developments.
The Department of Water has responded to community reports of dead fish found in the Hardy Inlet on 3 February.
Water expert John Connolly of Ferndale was named as a recipient of an Australian Day Achievement Medallion as part of an Australia-wide recognition of the contribution of public servants to the nation.
Water expert Dr Sandie McHugh of Mt Lawley was named as a recipient of an Australian Day Achievement Medallion as part of an Australia-wide recognition of the contribution of public servants to the nation.
- Irwin and Dinner Hill areas to be investigated as new irrigation localities
- Part of the State Government’s $40m Water for Food program
- Successful respondents include local and international organisations
- Part of the $5.7 million Myalup-Wellington Water for Food project
Tests into the water conditions in the remote Geikie Gorge in Kimberley where dead fish were found last month indicate low oxygen levels as the most likely cause of death.
Two Department of Water programs were finalists in the prestigious annual Premier's Awards announced recently.
Two water reserves near Walpole and Denmark have been abolished as part of a review of the State's protected water source catchments.
The Warren-Donnelly region is set to benefit from the recent launch of the $3.6 million Southern Forests - water futures project, as part of the four-year, $40 million Royalties for Regions-funded Water for Food Program.
Irrigated agriculture on the Mowanjum Pastoral Station in the West Kimberley is moving closer to reality with the completion of drilling and the installation of the centre pivot irrigator.
A key component of the Water for Food program is the conversion of a wide range of hard copy hydrogeological information into a digital format.
The Department of Lands (DoL) is currently working closely with the Department of Water on Water for Food projects in the West Kimberley and providing tenure advice to other Royalties for Regions agriculture projects in the Kimberley and Pilbara.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Regional Development; Lands and Member for Moore - Mr Shane Love MLA, has recently been announced as the chair of the newly formed Community Reference Group for the Midlands groundwater and land assessment project.
A declaration allowing unrestricted pumping of water by licensed Carnarvon irrigators from the Riverbed Sands aquifer and lower Gascoyne River has ended.
Nominations are now open for local growers to fill representative positions on the Carnarvon Water Allocation Advisory Committee.
Fish pathology and water sample tests have been completed in response to the fish deaths in the east branch of the Collie River in February this year.
The departments of Water, Fisheries and Health and the Shire of Collie are working together in response to recent fish deaths in the east branch of the Collie River about 7kms east-north east of Collie town site.
The Department of Water has responded to a report of dead fish in the east branch of the Collie River about 7kms east-north east of Collie town site.
Water Scientist Malcolm Robb and Director Water Assessment and Allocation Susan Worley were named as the recipients of the Australian Day achievement medals at a ceremony at the Department of Water today.