RBMS Melbourne seminar
RiverMAP: State-wide modelling and monitoring of our rivers
The River Basin Management Society (RBMS) is pleased to invite you to our May seminar in Melbourne. Join us for cheese, wine and soft drink from 5.30pm. The seminar will commence at 6pm.
The Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) plays a central role in the catchment management industry. Not only does the EPA have important compliance and regulatory responsibilities to prevent pollution, it also runs a number of programs and initiatives that are designed to proactively and positively shape the future environment. At our May seminar, you will have the opportunity to hear about one of these programs, RiverMAP.
RiverMAP is a joint program between EPA Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) based around the biological monitoring of Victoria’s rivers. Macroinvertebrate sampling has been conducted across the State for over 20 years and the volume of data on the current condition of our rivers and streams is now at a level that allows the focus to shift to using the information to help authorities prioritise and plan waterway management.
Through presentations from Zuzanna Graszkiewicz and Ros StClair (both from EPA Victoria), the seminar will focus on the following two projects.
The River Health Model can predict river health for 40,000 streams across Victoria. It is the first model in Australia that can predict waterway health beyond sampled streams and uses one of the most comprehensive ecological databases in the world. The River Health Model links land characteristics, most importantly vegetation cover and land use, to river ecosystem health. It can show the expected effect of revegetation on macroinvertebrate community composition to help prioritise works and compare regions. As a state-wide model, it has the potential to be used for high level planning, target setting and comparisons.
The Long Term Sites project is a continuation of the EPA’s macroinvertebrate sampling program. It continues to sample a number of sentinel sites across Victoria for macroinvertebrate communities. These sites are often linked to DELWP’s flow gauge network and generally have been sampled for 20 years. It is one of the longest running and extensive long term monitoring programs in Australia.
Not currently a member and want to avoid the seminar fee? RBMS memberships will be available at the door or in advance at www.rbms.com.au.