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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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Cygnet season begins at Vasse Wonnerup

30 September, 2016 A pleasant surprise awaited GeoCatch and Department of Water officers undertaking their regular water sampling program at the Wonnerup Estuary this week. The first cygnets of the season were observed, with many adult swans and large nests to accompany them. The Vasse Wonnerup wetlands have the largest breeding colony of ...
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Creature of the deep

20 September, 2016 After a long, hard summer of pumping gaseous oxygen into the Vasse Estuary, pumps used for the Vasse Estuary Oxygenation Trial have been removed by the Department of Water for some well-earned rest and, more importantly, a well-earned scrub. After eight months in the water, the pumps resembled more a mysterious ...
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Busselton floods provide unique opportunity

05 August, 2016 While most Busselton residents were tucked up inside during the recent heavy rains, Department of Water modellers were jumping at the chance to get out and about to test the Reconnecting Rivers model for the Vasse Wonnerup catchment. With over 120 mm falling over three days in late July, the ...
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