Celebrating the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Recovery Project

Date posted: 26 August 2016

Five years of restoration works to return the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth to health following the millennium drought, will be celebrated at an event in Langhorne Creek tonight. (Friday 26 August from 5 to 7pm).

The work of the $137 million Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) Recovery Project, to address the impact of severe drought and water over-allocation, will be the focus of the event.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Group Executive Director, Parks and Regions, John Schutz, said the massive environmental restoration project involved a partnership between the Commonwealth and State Governments and the local community.

“During its life, the project drew on the latest science and environmental monitoring, as well as the expertise of subject matter experts, and the knowledge of the local community and traditional land owners, to create a healthy wetland for the future,” Mr Schutz said.

“The Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth is a diverse wetland of international significance, once again full of diversity and life.

“Over the last five years we have collaborated to restore habitats, improve water quality, manage fish populations, restore native vegetation and manage acid sulphate soils.

“The project has left us with a better understanding of how to manage and monitor the refreshed wetland environment and adapt to changed conditions in the future.”

Stories from the environmental restoration project have been captured on video to create an educational legacy, and tonight these videos will be shared with the local community.

“One story is about how the dry conditions exposed acid sulphate soils, which is deathly to plants and animals – the region began to smell of rotten eggs,” Mr Schutz said.

“Through environmental monitoring, we discovered the importance of keeping soils wet, and learnt how bacteria in the soil can reverse the process of acid sulphate soils.

“By working in partnership with the local community, we have built knowledge and capacity, which will help to ensure those in the region are better prepared for the future.”

View the CLLMM Recovery Project videos.

The CLLMM Recovery Project is funded by the South Australian Government’s Murray Futures program and the Australian Government. 

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