How Effective Are Environmental Flows? Novel Approaches For Monitoring And Assessing Ecological Responses To Large-Scale Flow Alteration
Grant number: LP100200170 | Funding period: 2011 - 2014
Australia has begun a multi-billion dollar program to return water to stressed rivers as environmental flows. However, during times of unprecedented water scarcity, such an investment in the environment can be controversial because the ecological benefits of released water are mostly poorly understood. This project will demonstrate the effectiveness of environmental flows, and promote greater understanding of the links between flow patterns and river health. The project will build upon existing knowledge to create a sound framework for planning, monitoring, and evaluation of environmental watering decisions across regional Australia, greatly improving our ability to sustainably manage rivers..View full description
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