CSU welcomes $6.9m water monitoring projects

20 NOVEMBER 2014

CSU Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann has welcomed the University's leadership of two of the seven projects that are the focus of the Commonwealth's $30 million Long Term Intervention Monitoring Program.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann has welcomed CSU's leadership of two of the seven projects that are the focus of the Commonwealth's $30 million Long Term Intervention Monitoring Program.

The five-year monitoring program will focus on understanding the impact of Commonwealth environmental water in the rivers and wetlands across the Murray-Darling Basin.

Professor Vann said the two CSU-led projects through the University's Institute for Land Water and Society involved $6.9 million in funding.

"Charles Sturt University's involvement in these projects highlights our key role in undertaking projects in collaboration with partner organisations in the regions, and is a testimony of our commitment to regional engagement and sustainability," he said.

The Edward-Wakool River System project ($3.36 million) is led by the Institute's Associate Professor Robyn Watts with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries), Monash University, Griffith University, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and Murray Local Land Services.

The Murrumbidgee River System project ($3.5 million) is led by the Institute's Dr Skye Wassens with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries), University of NSW, Riverina Local Land Services and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

"These projects reflect the long-term involvement of the Institute for Land, Water and Society in undertaking research on river ecology, restoration and management," Professor Vann said.

"The projects build on previous research and consultancies undertaken by Charles Sturt University and partner organisations in these river systems over the past 10 years.

"Our researchers have a long history of developing new knowledge in these systems and working with the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, state agencies, other stakeholders and community groups to adaptively manage these river systems to improve ecosystem outcomes."

Media contact:

Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2207


Media Note:

Associate Professor Robyn Watts and Dr Skye Wassens are lecturers in the School of Environmental Sciences at CSU in Albury-Wodonga and members of the Institute for Land, Water and Society.

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with the academics.

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