Professor Barry Hart, Chair, Gippsland Lakes and Catchment Task Force

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Published on December 11, 2008

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The Gippsland Lakes A Community Forum November 2008

Gippsland Lakes Task Force Established in 2001 by the Minister for Environment and Conservation Independent chair (Prof. Barry Hart) Membership Local Government EPA Gippsland Coastal Board Southern Rural Water East Gippsland CMA West Gippsland CMA East Gippsland Water Gippsland Water DSE DPI

Established in 2001 by the Minister for Environment and Conservation

Independent chair (Prof. Barry Hart)

Membership

Local Government EPA

Gippsland Coastal Board Southern Rural Water

East Gippsland CMA West Gippsland CMA

East Gippsland Water Gippsland Water

DSE DPI

Key Objective To protect the ecological health of the Gippsland Lakes by ensuring the adaptive integrated management of both the Lakes and catchment Actions: Implement Action Plan Facilitate integration and coordinate Monitor and evaluate Identify and address key knowledge gaps

To protect the ecological health of the Gippsland Lakes by ensuring the adaptive integrated management of both the Lakes and catchment

Actions:

Implement Action Plan

Facilitate integration and coordinate

Monitor and evaluate

Identify and address key knowledge gaps

Achievements $19.8M allocated by State Govt over last 7 years 75% spent on on-ground actions for nutrient & sediment reductions (MID, high rainfall dairy, tunnel erosion, foreshore protection, stormwater & wetlands) ‘ Lakes are precious’ campaign to engage community in Lakes awareness and actions Monitoring of nutrient loads (event monitoring) Monitoring in-lake conditions Research to identify best value (activities & locations) for investment of funds Substantial leveraging of regional and Federal funds Investigations into role of lake sediments and causes of algal blooms Evaluations of work to date and planning for future

$19.8M allocated by State Govt over last 7 years

75% spent on on-ground actions for nutrient & sediment reductions (MID, high rainfall dairy, tunnel erosion, foreshore protection, stormwater & wetlands)

‘ Lakes are precious’ campaign to engage community in Lakes awareness and actions

Monitoring of nutrient loads (event monitoring)

Monitoring in-lake conditions

Research to identify best value (activities & locations) for investment of funds

Substantial leveraging of regional and Federal funds

Investigations into role of lake sediments and causes of algal blooms

Evaluations of work to date and planning for future

Total Phosphorus Load (tonne) Year (1 June - 31 May)

350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 TP Concentration (ug/L) TP Concentration (ug/L)

The Future Lakes likely impacts from climate change Lakes will become an even more dynamic system over the next 20-30 years Will change from the current estuarine coastal embayment system to a more marine system Catchment also in transition more bushfires challenges for the irrigation industry (Macalister Irrigation District) - water availability and cost expansion of the rain-fed dairy industry potential for major landscape changes to improve biodiversity values

Lakes

likely impacts from climate change

Lakes will become an even more dynamic system over the next 20-30 years

Will change from the current estuarine coastal embayment system to a more marine system

Catchment

also in transition

more bushfires

challenges for the irrigation industry (Macalister Irrigation District) - water availability and cost

expansion of the rain-fed dairy industry

potential for major landscape changes to improve biodiversity values

Task Force Actions (next 4 years) Continued actions to reduce nutrients entering the Lakes – focus on: - Macalister Irrigation District (MID) - Rain-fed dairy regions - Forested regions (bushfires) - Rehabilitating waterways and drainage lines Better reporting on the Gippsland Lakes ‘health’ through an improved ecosystem monitoring and assessment program Improved communications program Ongoing program of targeted investigations to address key gaps in knowledge as the Lakes system changes

Continued actions to reduce nutrients entering the Lakes – focus on: - Macalister Irrigation District (MID) - Rain-fed dairy regions - Forested regions (bushfires) - Rehabilitating waterways and drainage lines

Better reporting on the Gippsland Lakes ‘health’ through an improved ecosystem monitoring and assessment program

Improved communications program

Ongoing program of targeted investigations to address key gaps in knowledge as the Lakes system changes

Immediate future Snap shot survey of the ecological health of the Lakes and impact of algal bloom Synechococcus workshop Undertake risk assessment of potential contaminants (pesticides, pharmaceuticals, hormones and heavy metals) Complete nutrient dynamics research Seek on-going funding from State and Federal Governments

Snap shot survey of the ecological health of the Lakes and impact of algal bloom

Synechococcus workshop

Undertake risk assessment of potential contaminants (pesticides, pharmaceuticals, hormones and heavy metals)

Complete nutrient dynamics research

Seek on-going funding from State and Federal Governments

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