Upcoming Estuary Forums

You can discover what is happening in local waterways at our annual estuary forums, held across the South West and South Coast in mid-October. 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 … Read More

New approach to seagrass resilience

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s resident seagrass expert Dr Kieryn Kilminster, is building worldwide understanding of what it means for seagrass to be resilient. Seagrass meadows are an important part of estuarine ecosystems, providing habitat and food for birds and marine life, and contributing to good water and … Read More

Farmers turn to science for fertiliser advice

A large number of farms in the South West and South Coast are expected to save money on fertiliser after testing has revealed a bank of excess phosphorus in soils. Now in its ninth year, the soil testing program – currently supported by the $20 million Regional Estuaries Initiative – … Read More

River bank workshops

Landowners were invited to attend field-based workshops to learn how to manage local waterways on farm, including weed and pest management, fire hazard mitigation and the benefits of establishing native vegetation for biodiversity and water quality. Hosted by local landowners and catchment groups as part of the Regional Estuaries Initiative … Read More

Changing how we think about suburban gardens

Celebrity gardener John Colwill from Beyond Gardens, joined the Leschenault Catchment Council to share tips with the public on how to create a waterwise garden using minimal fertiliser and resilient local native plants, without compromising on style.

Seagrass – an important indicator of estuarine health

Seagrass surveys in the Leschenault Estuary have been conducted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation since 2009. That year showed an abundance of healthy seagrass meadows covering about 70 per cent of the estuary. Seagrass monitored again in the summer of 2015, told a different story.

Farmers and scientists share their experiences and success stories

Over 120 farming, land and water management experts gathered in Mandurah on 15 August to discuss the best ways to manage nutrient run-off into Western Australian estuaries.The Nutrient Summit, hosted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), is part of the department’s work to improve the health of … Read More