Want to be inspired and amazed at the work going on around Australia to protect and restore our rivers and wetlands? Then this is a must see edition of RipRap! There are 72 pages full of the latest environmental protection, watering and research projects from across Australia. Government, not-for-proﬁt and commercial organisations provide a range of perspectives and insights – not all of them in agreement.
The edition makes a wonderful handout at conferences, workshops and anywhere you want to engage with people to demonstrate the great work we are doing to restore our riverine environments.
To order your copy online, visit the ARRC shop.
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The Healthy Waterways Alliance workshop and symposium are nearly here, so make sure if you have the opportunity to get to Mackay, make sure you register. Sal Gray and her team at Reef Catchments have been really busy putting together the:
I am really looking forward to speaking about the power of story for science communication at the end of the wetlands workshop, and then starting off the Symposium with a talk about ‘yellow or blue: promoting resilience in ourselves and our communities’. I hope to see you there! Register Here
Congratulations to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in delivering the new Proposed Basin Plan which has:
involved a major effort by basin communities, State Governments, local councils, catchment management authorities, community groups, people in towns, people on the land, indigenous communities and business groups. This is not an inclusive list either – so many individuals and groups have contributed considerable time and energy to help us to build this Plan.
It has been an intensive process over the last 12 months, involving hundreds of round table meetings and briefings in council facilities, on farms, racing tracks or town halls. There have been formal and informal meetings, conversations and thousands of phone calls. Based on local preferences and at your invitation we have responded to your desire to talk and to share information.
Our role now, is to summarise and present what we have heard and the associated changes we have made to the Plan as a result. (MDBA)
The MDBA website has summaries of the proposed Basin Plan, the full document and other supporting information to encourage people to read, watch a video, consider and discuss with others.
If you are feeling a bit adventurous and want to think about water a little differently, try investigating the work of Masaru Emoto. Emoto photographed ice crystals of water in bottles that had come from different locations, exposed the bottles to different sounds, and had words typed onto paper facing inwards to the bottle.
What he found was that water subjected to negative emotions showed an incoherent structure, whereas water subjected to calm and loving influences revealed a coherent and integrated structure. His photographs show that human vibrational energy, thoughts, ideas, music and pollution directly affects the molecular crystalline structure of water.
So next time you are out in a river, lake or even the bathtub, think about how the water around you can hold the resonance of your thoughts and feelings. This work certainly takes us into a new realm of river restoration and there is even an Emoto.app you can download from Masaru Emoto website – this is certainly mind expanding!
Water: Science and Solutions for Australia provides the latest information about the status of Australia’s water resources and their future prospects, the many values we hold for water, and the potential for using water more effectively to meet the growing demands of cities, farmers, industries, and the environment. The book has been edited by Dr Ian Prosser and I was fortunate enough to help out with the development of the publication when the team were planning how to approach this topic.
The publication draws upon the scientific literature to provide a broader audience with a clear picture of the water challenges and prospects facing Australia. Written by scientists and practitioners it seeks to provide a bridge from the peer-reviewed scientific literature to a broader audience of society, while providing the depth of science that this complex issue demands and deserves.
The book has been written so that it is accessible to all and can be used to underpin decisions that need to be made in business, in government, and in general to respond to the challenges of water resource management.
You can download the book from the CSIRO Publishing website as:
Hard copies of Water: Science and Solutions for Australia are also available on our CSIRO PUBLISHING website. Includes ISBN and full bibliographic information.
Many congratulations to the CSIRO team that put this publication together, in particular, Ian Prosser, Mary Mulcahy and Bill Young.