An interactive online tool looking at managing water in the Lachlan region has just undergone a redesign, just in time for World Wetlands Day.
The Lachlan Environmental Water Plan is the only live or dynamic web-based plan of its kind, and was established by the Lachlan Riverine Working Group.
New features on the site include an interactive map, and a ‘commencing events’ section designed to inform the public about planned environmental watering actions and any storage releases.
Formed in January 2009, the LRWG co-ordinates the distribution of environmental flows in the Lachlan Valley based on beneficial ecological outcomes and appropriate water management.
Made up of representatives including the Aboriginal community, consumptive water users, landholder representatives, the broader community, numerous government and private sector partners including Local Land Services, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Office of Water, Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries), State Water Corporation and irrigators (e.g. Lachlan Valley Water), the group is a perfect example of successful, regional partnerships.
Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has praised the group.
“The LRWG are a fantastic example of government, irrigators, graziers and environmental and indigenous groups working together to achieve the best water delivery strategies,” he said.
“The group developed the Lachlan Environmental Water Management Plan which has been designed into an interactive online tool to allow wetland information to be regularly updated and easily accessed.
“They have also had great success in promoting species back to the waterways.”