Water Resources


WaterResourcesSWCC’s overall objective is:

To contribute substantially to the conservation and management of targeted water resources in the South West NRM region to ensure that they remain healthy and productive.

The following Overall Outcome Indicators were developed to test whether or not this objective has been achieved:

  • Maintain or improve the ecosystem functions of the region’s targeted surface water resources in the period up to 2020.
  • Maintain or improve the quantity and quality of the region’s targeted ground water resources in the period up to 2020.
  • Maintain or improve the quality, and decrease the quantity, of the region’s urban water run-off in the period up to 2020.
  • Maintain or improve the levels of use of the region’s targeted water resources in the period up to 2020.
  • The risks associated with climate variability on the region’s targeted water resources are incorporated into water management in the period up to 2020.

In order to achieve the objective, SWCC and its partners will work towards achieving the following management outcome:

  • All targeted water resources in the SW are managed according to the best management practises available, specifically with regard to maintaining and/or improving water quality and productivity, reducing the impact of threats to that quality and restoring or enhancing their ecosystem services.

A range of indicators have been developed to test whether or not these management outcomes have been achieved. These are presented in the Project Planning Matrices (PPMs) which can be found here.

Priority sites for management action

As confirmed by technical specialists, for the purposes of SWCC’s strategy, the following water resources are identified as being priority sites while being subject to manageable high and/or low threat levels.

If you think there are sites that should be included as priorities below, or that there are reasons for any of the sites below not to be included, we would love to hear your feedback. You can comment on each of the project pages by clicking on the thumbnail pictures below or provide general feedback here.

The working group also identified the key threats to these sites, which were confirmed through the community consultation process in 2011 (Christensen & MacMahon 2012) and again in 2014 (Thinkscape 2014). The most appropriate management actions to deal with these threats were also delineated (Christensen & MacMahon 2012). These are described in a state and transition model for the water resources theme area, found here.

 

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