09058: Mayfield main drain sub-catchment water-quality improvement plan, including foundational activities
Waters carried by the Mayfield drain flow through Ramsar-listed, conservation category wetlands that border the Peel-Harvey estuary before entering the estuary, which is also Ramsar-listed. The quality of water within the drain directly affects the health of the receiving wetlands and estuary.
Tributaries of the drain arise in the Darling Scarp to the north of Waroona and within the Swan Coastal Plain. Most of the coastal plain tributaries are modified drains that flow through cattle-grazing properties.
With the help of funding from the State NRM Program, the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council is developing a draft management plan for improving the water quality in the Mayfield main drain and sub-catchment.
Foreshore mapping and socioeconomic surveys to study the practices of landholders will assist in the development of the plan. Workshops and information sessions will be held to build community capacity. Subsequent knowledge of catchment nutrient dynamics and land management practices will be used to limit excess nutrients, such as nitrates and phosphates, from entering the waterways.
|Investment:||$ 69 869|
|In-kind contribution:||$ 73 135|
|Delivery organisation:||Peel–Harvey Catchment Council|
|Project duration:||July 2010 - September 2012|
|Location:||Mayfield main drain sub-catchment—Peel–Harvey catchment, shires of Waroona and Murray|
Major project achievements
Development of Water Quality Improvement Plans for 3 sub-catchments within the Peel-Harvey region.
Landholder engagement of 60% response lead to further assistance.
Workshops and field days provided findings and understanding of harnessing native wildlife to reduce nutrient flow, loss and excess.
- One-to-one interaction with landholders assisted with management and mapping programs as well as a successful project.
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council; Harvey River Restoration Taskforce; University of Western Australia; Dept. Agriculture & Food WA; Landholders; Volunteers; Coolup LCDC; SWCC; 60 stakeholders.
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (08) 9583 5128 or email@example.com