Fixing wetlands for carbon in the Murray

An innovative partnership between farmers, scientists, and government agencies in the New South Wales Murray catchment is seeing  wetlands rehabilitated to increase their capacity to store carbon. The first stage of the ‘Murray Wetland  Carbon Storage’ project, involves rehabilitating 400 hectares of wetlands with a target of  2000 hectares by June 2013/14. The project is an initiative of Murray Local Land Services and the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group Ltd, funded through the Australian Government. It has been enthusiastically embraced by landholders, both public and  private, in the sheep–wheat belt of the eastern Riverina and south-west slopes of New South Wales.

Read the article here

Visit the project site on Riverspace.

Feeling Fishy? Fin-tastic new Finterest T-shirts for contributors

Last week in Darwin at the Australian Society for Fish Biology and  Australian Society for Limnology conferences Finterest launched a fabulous new ‘Feeling Fishy’ T-shirt.  Thank you to my fabulous models in the photo above!  Anyone that contributes a story to Finterest gets a T-shirt for a limited time only – so sign up to Finterest by going to the website, registering to become a contributor and writing up your latest ‘fishy’ work.

New stories to share about ‘rivers of carbon – rivers of life’

ROC-storiesA storyteller, like a travel agent, can gather us up from wherever we are and put us down in another setting (John Leggett)

We are delighted to share with you four new stories about some of the fabulous farmers we are working with through our Rivers of Carbon project. Below are the links the the stories online, and we are currently working on beautiful booklets to share there stories so stay stuned…

We are also keen to have your stories and to enable you to do this you can create your own account on our new Rivers of Carbon website.  Just click on the ‘My Account’ button and register, 2014 is going to be a big year for this project and we would love to have you involved.

We still have opportunities for you to feature your climate change, carbon or connectivity project in the upcoming RipRap so get in touch with Siwan if you are interested.

Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre has a new website, newsletter and a host of knowledge to share

MDFRC-logoLimnosphere is a new email newsletter that complements the bright and engaging website created by MDFRC to share their research.  Recent findings include:

Uptake of dissolved organic carbon by biofilms provides insights into the potential impact of loss of large woody debris on the functioning of lowland rivers

Flow variability and longitudinal characteristics of organic carbon in the Lachlan River, Australia

Hypoxic blackwater events reduce the abundance of fish food resources

Visit the new Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre website here.