Skilling up in Manjimup

Catchment officers and government staff met in Manjimup on Wednesday 18 August to take the next step forward in the Healthy Estuaries WA fertiliser management program. This year will see an increase in the number of people able to digitise farm maps, with our catchment officers learning from staff at … Read More

Overwhelming response to this year’s fertiliser management program

More than 190 farmers applied to have their soil tested in the latest round of the Healthy Estuaries WA’s fertiliser management program.   The 2020/21 program, which closed on Friday 9 July, was the first time farmers were offered two methods of soil sampling: do-it-yourself or sampled for you. Prior … Read More

Clear standards for dairy effluent

The Western Australian dairy industry has shown its commitment to reducing the environmental impact of dairy farm effluent with its release of a revised Code of Practice for Dairy Farm Effluent WA.  First developed in 2012 by Western Dairy and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), the Code … Read More

Nine partners on board

Partnership agreements were signed with nine organisations in January to collaboratively deliver Healthy Estuaries WA over the next four years. The partnership agreements will collectively fund more than $9 million of on-ground works and expand capacity in the regions to manage and protect our precious waterways. The funding will employ … Read More

Biggest seagrass monitoring year on record

More than 1,500 seagrass observations have been taken across five estuaries since November 2020 to map seagrass distribution. This was the biggest monitoring season ever for the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s seagrass team, with three times more than the approximately 500 observations usually made in a year. Dr … Read More

Upcoming estuary forums

Find out about the latest science from four of our South West and south coast estuaries at community forums in November and December. Hosted by local catchment groups in partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s (DWER) Regional Estuaries Initiative, the forums include updates on the science of … Read More

Calculating the impact of best management practices on farms

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) modellers are using OVERSEER, a New Zealand-based software, to examine the impact of different farm management practices on nutrient levels flowing into our waterways. Catchment models calculate the nutrients entering waterways based on an understanding of drainage in the catchment and how different … Read More

From muddy mess to crystal clear

More than 40 people came together in mid-July to plant 5500-plus seedlings on a cattle farm in the Denmark area. Farmer Marino Bocuzzi has been working with Shaun Ossinger, from the Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee, since mid-2019 to revitalise a stretch of perennial creek on his property that flows into … Read More

Fertiliser trials protecting waterways and farmers

Increased confidence in the use of recommended fertiliser application rates across a range of agricultural areas is one of the early benefits to emerge from the State Government’s uPtake program (the program). Results from last year’s trials were consistent with data from the national Better Fertiliser Decisions for Pastures project … Read More

Scientist for a day: Councillor Steve Jones

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) scientist, Elke Reichwaldt, was recently joined by Shire of Denmark Councillor Steve Jones for one of the regular water quality monitoring runs on Wilson Inlet. Water quality indicators, including oxygen level, salinity, nutrient levels and algae, are measured once a fortnight by department … Read More