Rats gather in Geraldton for restoration and health workshop
Released 11 May 2009
The workshop, which is being run by the Department of Water and the Northern Agriculture Catchments Council is intended to meet the demand for information on what can be done on a local level to contribute to restoring and protecting waterway health.
The department's strategic projects manager Verity Klemm said the workshop would provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand how streams and rivers work, and how to design and implement restoration works.
"The participants will learn about river hydrology and ecology, how to survey and analyse a river, how to control erosion and enhance a river habitat, as well as develop a restoration design and foreshore vegetation plan," Ms Klemm said.
"They will be getting their "hands dirty and feet wet" conducting surveys of reaches in the Chapman and Buller Rivers catchments, and the information they collect will be used to recommend restoration works for those reaches.
"Our RiverRats will be coming from around the state, and will include representatives from catchment and landcare groups, rehabilitation officers, and State and Local Government departments."
RiverRats stands for River Restoration Action Team, and is a term first coined in 1996 to describe people who are dedicated towards restoring and managing the State's rivers.
For information on the workshops and other river restoration activities, please contact Verity Klemm on 6364 6622, or during the workshop please phone 041 7956 095.
Contact: Dianne Dixon
Phone: (08) 6364 6983 / 0419 910 847