Scott River Action plan
What is it?
The Scott River Action Plan aims to protect and improve the ecological health and community benefit of the Scott River Catchment.
The Plan will develop, in close collaboration with the Scott River farming community, a set of feasible, farm-scale and land-use specific management options to improve water quality and soil health without compromising agricultural productivity.
The Plan will also assist the Lower Blackwood LCDC in determining the best way to direct future funding for on-ground works in the Scott Catchment.
The Lower Blackwood Catchment LCDC is the primary facilitator of this important project and is working with land managers and independent experts to identify key priorities and opportunities, and develop management recommendations. The LCDC involvement ensures that data is collated and collected with landholders input and advice to improve the understanding of:
Soil types and soil health,
Foreshore condition (native vegetation, bank erosion, pests and weeds),
Social and economic values.
The Scott River Action Plan is funded by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and is a component of the Regional Estuaries Initiative, a $20 million State Government project dedicated to improving the health of six key WA estuaries.
Key Project Components & Time Frames
This project has an overall time frame of 2 years broken down into 3 main stages. Below is a brief summary of the projects key components & time frames:
Stage 1: July 2018 - April 2019
Project Planning & Literary Review
Stage 2: May 2019 - Sep 2019
Desktop work, on-ground surveys and on-farm farm visits
1. On-ground surveys for a River Condition Assessment - undertaken along high priority tributaries.
2. Desktop Studies on - Climate change & other changes to catchment condition such as land use; Legislative and policy framework; and, Aboriginal values and consultation process.
3. On Farm Visits - to improve our understanding about farmers’ values, priorities and needs with regard to land management and water quality decisions in the Scott catchment.
4. Information collection for agricultural sector (Dairy, Grazing, Plantations, Horticulture) recommendations - practical recommendations (actions) will be developed for each sector to preserve / improve the ecological health of the waterways and the quality of water that passes through these systems.
Stage 3: Oct 2019 - Dec 2019
Farmer Consultation Workshop
Presenting a draft summary of key information (anonymous) from the individual farmer interviews back to farmers for an information round-table discussion.
Stage 4: Jan 2020 - May 2020
Final Report & Launch
SRAP Project Personnel
The key people involved in facilitating the project are:
Lower Blackwood LCDC Staff
Jo Wren - Overall Project Manager
Dr Chiara Danese - Project Lead Officer
Kate Tarrant - Project Communications
Nicole Siemon - River Condition Assessment
Jeff John - Ag Sector Information Collection
Dr Laura Stocker - Desktop Studies
Dr Gary Burke - Desktop Studies
For more information on this project contact the Project Manager, Jo Wren, E: firstname.lastname@example.org, M: 0408 584 006