Work begins on assessing waterway flood damage
As flood repair work continues across the region, the North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is assessing damage done to local waterways and the assets built to protect and enhance them.
For the past 25 years, the North Central CMA has been working alongside farmers and community groups to improve the condition of rivers such as the Campaspe and Loddon, as well as wetlands of international significance.
Fencing and revegetation has created conditions for native plants and animals such as fish, platypus, water rats and the water bugs they feed on to survive and thrive.
North Central CMA Program Delivery Executive Manager Rachel Murphy said the floods had impacted a lot of that work.
“We’ve been working closely with communities before, during, and after these floods, and that work continues every day,” she said.
“Part of that work from now on will be understanding the full extent of the impact of recent flooding on our waterways and wetlands.”
Ms Murphy said the North Central CMA wanted the community’s help to assess the damage.
“We’re keen to hear from landholders who have noticed flood damage to waterway fencing and revegetation, or significant bank erosion,” she said.
“We’re putting a register together to help identify priority locations where we may be able to support recovery efforts..
“We’ve created an easy-to use online survey for people to enter in as much information as they can about any damage to waterways on their property or in their area.
“From there, we hope to get back in touch with people over the coming months to undertake more detailed impact assessments.”