The Hawkesbury Nepean River Recovery Program (HNRRP) aims to help improve the health of the river system by reducing the amount of nutrients entering the river system and making more water available for environmental ﬂows. The March 2011 issue of HNRRP e-news explores one of these important objectives, looking at how the HNRRP is working to prevent an estimated 48.2 tonnes of nutrients entering the river system each year and discussing how this will beneﬁt the river. You can also read about the start of works for the Hawkesbury City Council South Windsor Efﬂuent Reuse Scheme and some interesting insights into other HNRRP projects.
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THANK YOU if you are reading this post, as it means you are someone who cares about our rivers and the people who live and work along them. The Australian River Restoration Centre has had an amazing year and plenty of offers of work for 2011 are ‘flowing’ in which is great. We are hoping to spend more time in 2011 looking at ways to raise money for our public good activities so our website can become even better and we can do more to provide people with opportunities for sharing and celebrating the work they do.
We want to say a very special thank you to Allison Mortlock for all the wonderful graphic design she does for us free of charge (Angel Ink Pty Ltd) as well as our volunteers – Bruce Boyes for being our website master, Melanie Randall for assisting us with our Land & Water Australia Legacy Conference and Melissa Gabelle for keeping our website updated. We also want to acknowledge the support from our clients including; the National Water Commission (Matthew, Richard, Jennifer and Clare), Central West CMA (Jane and Tim), Desert Channels Queensland (Roelie and Leanne), Murray-Darling Basin Authority (Matthew, Christine and Jason) and CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country (Ian, Mary, Bill, Scott and Warwick). Friendships are so important and we value the ones we have with all our supporters – all the very best to you and your family and we look forward to continuing our work (and fun) with you in 2011.
Siwan, Nerida, Matt and Phil
Comprising seven projects, the Hawkesbury Nepean River Recovery Program (HNRRP) aims to improve river health by making more water available for environmental flows and reducing nutrient inputs to the river system. The seven projects have come a long way since commencing last year. You can read about their progress in the HNRRP e-news December 2010.
For the last five years I have been attending the SLA conference and have visited some fascinating parts of the USA. However, this year was special. Since starting to work with ARRC I have found a new interest in the rivers of the world, and have now visited the 3rd largest. Just the Amazon and the Nile to go if I want to visit the top three!
SLA is a very large international information and knowledge management professional association with members from across the globe. Last year, during the SLA centennial, I was Chair of the Knowledge Management Division. The KM Division is the fastest growing Division, and is now one of the largest, even though we have only been in existence for 4 years. I also ran my Continuing Education course on evaluation using narrative techniques, which for the second year in a row was a great success. I will probably be running this again in 2011 in Philadelphia. If you are interested in qualitative evaluation the ARRC could run this course for you here in Australia – please let us know.
PS I also managed to fit in a few days in New York – and despite my preconceived ideas about big cities, have found this to be a very pleasant place and will definitely be visiting again.
The Office of the Hawkesbury-Nepean (OHN) has developed a new website to help provide a basis for improved management of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River.
The OHN was established by the NSW Government by legislation in April 2009 to improve the health of the river system, primarily through improved consultation and engagement with river communities and more effective coordination and implementation of the river management activities of State and local government agencies.
It is envisaged that this website will play an important role in the OHN fulfilling its legislative role in providing information to a broad range of stakeholders within agencies, local councils and the community on river management. Much of the initial content of the website therefore focuses on how the river is managed, including roles, responsibilities and strategies for the management of water quality, river flows, aquatic weeds and riparian lands.
The website can be accessed at www.ohn.nsw.gov.au.