As the title suggests the Moorabool River Flow-dependent Vegetation & Habitat Refuge Pool Mapping Project seeks to survey, analyse and map flow-dependent vegetation and habitat refuge pools in the Moorabool River,
Implemented by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority the project aims to undertake an assessment of the river reaches between Lal Lal and the confluence with the Barwon River, to locate priority vegetation stands considering ecological/floristic values, and to establish vegetation monitoring sites and baseline condition at priority vegetation stands to assess effectiveness of environmental water delivery over-time.
Also to conduct a Habitat Refuge Pool (HRP) assessment and mapping including assigning each pool a resilience ranking to support drought contingency planning for environmental water use.
On September the 12th 2016 PALM coordinator Cameron Steele accompanied Saul and Anthony from the CCMA to scope for pools to be included in the survey. Spot visited were pools at Batesford, Russell's Bridge, Maude, a large pool below Sharpes Bridge, more pools and weirs below the She Oaks Weir and significant pools above and below Coopers Bridge.
The interest lay primarily in pools that did not dry out during the Millennial Drought. Light rain did not dampen the enthusiasm although there were some pretty wet feet by the end of the day.
PALM welcomes the continued focus of water and management authorities on this struggling river and hope they drive just outcomes for both it and the species dependent upon it.