Coorong and Lower Lakes Restoration Project, Coorong, South Australia
Client – Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources
Services – Marine and Coastal, Flora and Fauna, Planning and Compliance, Community Consultation
Assignment – The Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) is delivering a five year restoration project in the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth region.
Our Role – As part of this overarching project, COOE was engaged to undertake a pilot study to monitor the impact of restoration activities already undertaken using Ecological Function Analysis (EFA) and some Bushland Condition Monitoring (BCM) components. The goal of the pilot project is to track trends towards the long term objectives of the restoration program. The monitoring assessed the resilience of the ecosystems surveyed and identified future challenges of the program. COOE’s services included:
- Ecosystem Function Analysis (EFA) was undertaken at revegetation and reference sites
- EFA was used to track the ecological and morphological changes at each location in particular to demonstrate that biodiversity and habitat structure is increasing and erosion is decreasing
- vegetation assessments were an integral part of the study including Bushland Condition Monitoring (BCM) components.
To support the results obtained from vegetation surveys physical and chemical stability assessments were used to track the physical and chemical stability of the rehabilitated sites, in particular to demonstrate that no significant acid generation and metal mobilisation in the environment has occurred
The project included documentation and coordination of environmental investigations, data analysis, and interpretation of project designs, providing recommendations.