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Seminars tackle plight of river

The Wimmera River at the old weir site in Horsham prior to this week''s rainfall.

Two riverfront breakfast seminars in Horsham and Jeparit next week will provide rare insight into the character, health and future of the Wimmera River. The sessions will coincide with World Environment Day on June 5.
River-health experts David Tiller and Ross Hardie will be guest speakers at the seminars, designed to raise community awareness about the river system and the role it plays in the region.
Wimmera Catchment Management Authority has organised the seminars, called The Wimmera River: An evolutionary story of formation and function.
The Horsham seminar will be at Riverside Equestrian Centre at 7am on June 4 and the Jeparit seminar at Jeparit football clubrooms at 7.30am on June 5.
Wimmera CMA community education officer Bronwyn Bant said the seminars would highlight the history of the river and what impact people, animals and plants had on its health and viability.
“They will also feature an in-depth analysis on how a river functions,” she said.
“How did the river form? What is a riparian zone? What influences decisions about environmental flows? What’s the future of the Wimmera River? The seminar will consider all these questions and more.
“And what better way to get an understanding of how it all works than over breakfast?”
Wimmera CMA river health and environmental water reserve officer Greg Fletcher said the Wimmera River represented a case study.
“The river along its entire length is suffering, but it is particularly bad in the lower reaches. It’s an example of how drought and over-allocation of water for consumptive use has impacted on an inland waterway,” he said
“The seminars will provide a clear understanding for everyone about how the river has responded to the cumulative effects of drought and diversion. And, how the river will respond to future conditions.”
Ms Bant said people keen to attend the sessions could book with Wimmera CMA on 5382 1544.

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Posted on May 27 2009

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