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Innovative water treatment trial shows early promise

24 May, 2017  Initial stages of a trial aimed at controlling algal growth in the Lower Vasse River has demonstrated improved visual amenity and reduced phosphorus build-up associated with algal blooms. High nutrient concentrations and low flows in the river over summer can lead to blue-green algal blooms and nuisance odours.
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Show Us Your Effluent!

15 May, 2017 Dairy Farmers bring effluent samples to Dairy Innovation Day for testing Dairy Farmers took the opportunity to bring samples from their dairy effluent ponds for free nutrient testing at last week’s 2017 Dairy Innovation Day in Busselton. Understanding the amount of nutrients in effluent will assist farmers to reuse it on their ...
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Have your say on Vasse Diversion Drain Enhancement

08 May, 2017 Busselton residents are being asked to have their say on the scope and design of a project to enhance the Vasse Diversion Drain (beachside of Bussell Hwy). The Vasse diversion drain was constructed in 1924 to divert flows from the upper Sabina and Vasse rivers to reduce the risk of flooding ...
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Revitalising Geographe Waterways Report to the Community 2016

05 April, 2017 The Vasse Taskforce released the Revitalising Geographe Waterways annual report for 2016 at a community meeting last week. Chair of the Taskforce Libby Mettam MLA launched the Report to the Community. “The Vasse taskforce has represented a significant first step in addressing the challenges of a drying climate, a flat flood-prone catchment ...
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Farmers optimize productivity to the benefit of our waterways

28 March, 2017 GeoCatch has partnered with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA), local farmers and agronomists to improve fertiliser use in the Geographe catchment, with the aim to reduce nutrients entering Geographe Bay. The $mart soils program provides farmers with subsidised soil testing, whole of farm colour nutrient maps and access ...
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Winning Ways with Wildflowers

27 March, 2017 Are you keen to improve your gardening prowess? Want to create an amazing native garden that you can be proud of, that is also ‘Bay Ok’? Western Australian wildflower specialist George Lullfitz is visiting Busselton in April to talk about the secrets ...
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Pink shades of Vasse estuary a natural phenomenon

24 March, 2017 The Vasse estuary ecosystem surprised us again this week with the water in front of the Vasse surge barrier turning an unusual shade of pink. “Our phytoplankton ecologists identified the pink algae as a dinoflagellate species called Oxyrrhis marina,” Dr Kath Lynch from the Department of Water said. Oxyrrhis marina is a ...
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Fish gate opening exposes feral Vasse population

15 March, 2017 Fish kills have been recorded in the Vasse Estuary for over 110 years, however the death of 3000-5000 goldfish last week was a first. “I was relieved when I identified the dead fish as Goldfish,” Dr James Tweedley from Murdoch University’s Centre for Fish, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystem Research said. “No one ...
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Keep Watch Seagrass

08 March, 2017 Scientists undertaking seagrass research have been busy diving and sampling in Geographe Bay as they continue to monitor the Bay’s seagrass meadows over time to determine if impacts such as poor water quality from ...
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Fishing for Facts!

23 February, 2017 An exciting new project is being undertaken in the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands to better understand how fish move through the fish gates on the Vasse surge barrier. The project, being undertaken by Murdoch University plans to tag up to 500 black bream, mullet and other species over a two year period ...
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