28 November, 2014

Seminar on Water Security

Last week, the Bureau of Meteorology revised their ENSO Tracker Status from 'watch' to 'alert' level, which means there is now at least a 70% probability of an El Nino developing. The Bureaus' climate models suggest that current weather conditions will likely persist or strengthen.
After the conditions we experienced last summer we received a lot of feedback from members that water security was a real issue.

To address this Watershed Landcare will be hosting a seminar on Water Security on Tuesday 9 December to help landholders make the best management decisions when it comes to their limited water resources.
The seminar will cover topics such as:

reducing evaporation rates in dams
maintaining water quality when dam levels start to drop
capturing surface flows
slowing down runoff to prevent erosion and loss of valuable topsoil
creating optimum conditions for infiltration into the soil
maintaining soil moisture for maximum periods
ensuring on-farm activities are not resulting in groundwater pollution or over-exploitation
practical techniques to employ on your farm
he seminar will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday 9 December at the Straw Bale Shed, Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC).
Attendance is free and afternoon tea will be provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes on 0435 055 493 or info@watershedlandcare.com.au.
And don't forget the Central Tablelands LLS Native Vegetation ID Information Day on this Friday 28 November, Mudgee. The day will cover identification of local species of Eucalyptus, Wattles and Shrubs. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples along. 
For more information contact Bruce Christie -  6372 4044 or 0429 986 434.

Agness Knapik
Watershed Landcare Coordinator

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