Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program Phase 1: Conceptualisation and design

Rick Stoffels, Debora Bogenhuber, Lee Baumgartner

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Abstract

The Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program (DAAMMP) was established in 2010 to (a) satisfy consent conditions of the Darling Anabranch stock and domestic pipeline; (b) reinstate an ephemeral flow regime; (c) monitor the ecological outcomes of the return to an ephemeral regime. During 2010 – 2014 the monitoring improved our understanding of the ecological state of the Darling Anabranch, and its response to an ephemeral regime. The DAAMMP 2015–17 expands on the previous monitoring program through more targeted, hypothesis-driven investigation of ecological responses to managed and natural flows. In developing this monitoring program we sought to improve our understanding of how ephemeral flows within the Anabranch might contribute to the ecological resilience of the lower Murray-Darling region, while at the same time maintain and/or improve the Anabranch’s vegetation community. We proposed that the Anabranch may contribute to regional resilience of the lower Murray-Darling region in two main ways: (1) it may support unique assemblages or ecological processes; and/or (2) it may support particularly high rates of (desirable) ecological processes. Hypotheses concerning the impacts of different flow scenarios on fish and vegetation—including water quality and carbon-cycling—are presented in light of these two pathways by which flows may improve regional resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWodonga
PublisherMurray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre
Commissioning bodyNSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Number of pages61
Volume89/2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Stoffels, R., Bogenhuber, D., & Baumgartner, L. (2015). Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program Phase 1: Conceptualisation and design. Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre.