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Bushfires and Waterways – impacts on water quality and yield in forested catchments

May 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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The impact of the recent bushfires on Australia’s native vegetation, wildlife and communities has been devastating. As the post-fire recovery efforts begin, the sweet relief of rainfall could see our waterways filled with ash laden debris, sediment and nutrients slugs, as fire-affected areas primed with erosion risks could further impact aquatic life and water quality with severe implications. As priorities remain in managing the immediate and ongoing bushfire threat, consideration and preparation is required to improve sediment and erosion control.

This May 7th the RBMS are hosting a lunchtime zoom webinar at 1pm on the impacts of bushfire on our waterways with a particular focus on water quality and yield. Dr Petter Nyman will take us through the fundamental research and modelling tools used to assess erosion and water quality risk in burned catchments using two case studies. Dr Phillip Jordan will provide an overview of investigations into hydrological response following bushfires, covering change in flood risk in the first few months or years after the fire and the implications of longer term declines in catchment water yield in the decades after bushfire or other disturbance. And Rachael Brownstein from East Gippsland Water will also provide insights into the response and adaptation of on ground operations from a local perspective.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join us online to improve our knowledge and understanding of bushfire impacts on our waterways, connect with the RBMS community and discuss your thoughts and opinions on the recent findings, challenges and opportunities in this space. Register through the Eventbrite link here.

Details for joining us via Zoom meetings will be sent upon registration.