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Vasse management response kicks in as summer hots up

06 January, 2017 Department of Water Media Statement State and local government agencies have been busy over the Christmas-New Year period in the Vasse-Wonnerup estuaries as summer hots up and stresses mount on water quality. Live monitoring of dissolved oxygen levels and water temperature and several scientific trials have provided the best picture yet of ...
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The Wondrous Wonnerup!

22 December, 2016 It was a great day out on the Wonnerup estuary to finish off the 2016 Vasse Wonnerup wetlands water quality sampling. For the past two years, officers from the Department of Water and GeoCatch have been undertaking fortnightly sampling on the wetlands, rain, hail or shine. “It was certainly a great ...
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Striving for best practice nutrient management

21 December, 2016 Dairy effluent management With over 10 years of dairy effluent management, GeoCatch is helping lead the new Dairycare effluent project in the Geographe catchment and beyond. Funding for effluent management projects has been provided through the Revitalising Geographe Waterways project in our catchment and also through the Regional Estuaries Initiative in ...
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Revitalising Geographe Waterways

21 December, 2016 2016 has been a hugely productive year for the Vasse Taskforce and Revitalising Geographe Waterways program with significant progress being made on a number of fronts. GeoCatch have been involved in the delivery of multiple projects including working with farmers on dairy effluent management, soil testing ...
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Welcome and Farewell

19 December, 2016 2016 has seen some changes within the GeoCatch governance team, with a new GeoCatch Chair, and two new Board members. We farewell GeoCatch Chair of three years and long-term member David Kemp, and welcome new Chair Will Hosken. David has been a community board member of GeoCatch since 2009, and has ...
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Innovative water treatment trials underway in the Lower Vasse River

12 December, 2016 You may have noticed some odd-looking structures sticking out of the Vasse River near the traffic bridge in Busselton recently. The structures, known as mesocosms, have been installed by scientists from the Department of Water as part of an experiment that is exploring unique ways to improve water quality in the ...
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Action stations at the Vasse surge barrier

25 November, 2016 The Vasse surge barrier was a hive of activity this month, as Revitalising Geographe Waterways project teams conducted their scientific work, including the reinstallation of oxygenation equipment, sediment sampling and water quality monitoring. Amongst the flurry of action, a team of scientists from the Department of Water were setting up a ...
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Change at the helm of GeoCatch

03 November, 2016 There were mixed feelings for GeoCatch members at last week’s AGM as they farewelled GeoCatch Chair of three years and long term member David Kemp, and welcomed new Chair Will Hosken. During his time at the helm David has been known as a steady hand, providing GeoCatch stability through rocky times. “David ...
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Drilling down for answers

20 October, 2016 An exciting new project under Revitalising Geographe Waterways is gearing up this spring to investigate whether the sediment build up at the Vasse Surge Barrier can be removed. The build-up of sediment at the Vasse Surge Barrier has long been a concern to the local community, and is thought to contribute ...
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Talking dirty at local dairy farms

05 October, 2016 When we think dairy farm, it’s easy to conjure up an image of black and white cows grazing lush green pasture and bottles of fresh white milk for us to enjoy. But with some 15,000 dairy cows in our catchment, a new group of government, industry and catchment group representatives ...
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