Have your say in the future management of the Lake Eyre Basin

How we manage the emerging threats to the Lake Eyre Basin is critical to its future.  This is your opportunity to have your say, so click here.  And be quick, submissions close 30 June, 2017.

Water resource use and development, infrastructure development, land and water degradation, mining and petroleum activities, tourism and recreation, invasive species and climate change were identified as emerging threats in the draft Lake Eyre Basin State of the Basin Condition Assessment 2016 report.

The report also presents the status of the hydrology, water quality, fish and waterbirds of the Lake Eyre Basin.

The links below will take you to PDFs of the report’s sections and content as indicated.  Click on this link to go to the feedback form.

Full Summary – 15 pages

Executive Summary – 4 pages

Chapter 1– 5 pages: Introduction; Background; Objectives; Approach and scope; Contributors

Chapter 2 – 10 pages: About the Basin; Location and global context; Riverine landscapes; Climate and hydrology; Riverine ecosystems and biodiversity (Boom and bust ecology); People, settlements and land use; Key values

Chapter 3 – 53 pages: Current status; Introduction (Knowledge sources and approach, Aboriginal engagement); Hydrology (Key messages, Recent surface water patterns, Longer-term surface water trends, Groundwater interactions, Waterhole hydrology, Coongie Lakes); Water quality (Key messages, Overview, Temporal trends, Biological indicators, Condition); Fish (Key messages, Fish distributions, Endemicity and evolution, Exotic and translocated species, Condition assessment, Coongie Lakes); Waterbirds (Temporal trends, Coongie Lakes)

Chapter 4 – 34 pages: Current and emerging pressures and threats; Introduction; Hydrologic alteration; Land and water degradation; Mining and petroleum; Tourism and recreation; Invasive species; Social concerns; Climate change (Observed trends, Future climates, Potential impacts); Management status (Overview, Water resources planning and monitoring); Key knowledge needs

Chapter 5 – 20 pages: Identified risks and considerations for governments; Risk assessment; Pressures and threats of the highest risk; Strategic knowledge needs

Chapter 6 – 16 pages: Conclusion; Condition; The Intergovernmental Agreement; Community involvement; Future risks; References; Glossary

Appendices – 65 pages: Overview of the Lake Eyre Basin Rivers Assessment project; Biological Condition Gradient assessment approach; Biological Condition Gradient site averages and attribute thresholds of potential concern by catchment; Waterbird species recorded from the Lake Eyre Basin; Abundance of waterbirds recorded from Coongie Lakes (2008)

If you’re a resident, or simply interested, make sure you have your say.  The feedback form is here… don’t delay.