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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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Sampling on the wetlands steps up a notch

27 July, 2016 Water quality sampling on the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands has recently been increased to fortnightly to help gain a better understanding of the changes in nutrient levels and salinity over time. The project is led by the Department of Water with assistance from GeoCatch, and measures water quality parameters including total ...
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National Tree Day highlights value of Western Ringtail Possums

20 July, 2016 GeoCatch has teamed up with Busselton Toyota to create more habitat for Western Ringtail Possums at Primary Schools in the Geographe Catchment. National School Tree Day at Vasse, Geographe, Capel and Dunsborough Primary Schools will involve planting 1000 seedlings to provide habitat for the endangered species. Busselton Toyota and a ...
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Healthy seagrass means a healthy Bay

23 June, 2016 Researchers from Edith Cowan University again joined forces with staff from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Fisheries this year to carry out seagrass monitoring in Geographe Bay. The “Keep Watch” seagrass monitoring project, coordinated by local group GeoCatch and funded by the Water Corporation, has been undertaken annually since ...
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Funds flow for on-ground works

09 June, 2016 GeoCatch are happy to announce new funding opportunities to Revitalise Geographe Waterways. Funding is available to support farmers and gardeners in the Geographe catchment reduce nutrients to improve water quality. “The $2 million dollars from the Royalties for Regions Program will allow us to intensify work that we have been doing to ...
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Reconnecting rivers to improve water quality

18 May, 2016 The history of land use in the South West has seen many changes to the flow of waterways in the Geographe catchment. To support productive farming and establishment of urban areas, many rivers have been diverted to Geographe Bay through a network of drains.  In 1927 the Vasse Diversion drain ...
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Fencing for the future – Funding boost to protect wetlands and waterways

05 May, 2016 Thanks to recent funding from South West Catchments Council through the Australian Governments National Landcare Program, GeoCatch will continue its 16 year working partnership with local land owners to improve water quality and biodiversity along waterways through the implementation  of stock exclusion fencing projects during 2016, 2017 and 2018. GeoCatch are ...
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Welcome and Farewell to GeoCatch staff and Board members

05 May, 2016 2016 has seen some changes to the GeoCatch team, with new board and staff members starting as we bid farewell to others. In February we said farewell to GeoCatch board member and former Chairperson Robin Flowers. Robin provided a most valuable contribution to GeoCatch over his 10 year appointment on the ...
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