World Wetlands Day -- Australia

10/02/2010
From: Ella Maesepp [mailto:landcarekat@westnet.com.au]
Sent: 03 February 2010 04:37
To: WorldWetlandsDay
Subject: Our World Wetlands Day story for the Ramsar website

Australia:

56 local farmers and residents gathered at Lake Ewlyamartup, Katanning, Western Australia on World Wetlands Day to kick-start a project to restore the health of the wetland. A once-popular lake for water-skiing, canoeing, picnicing, bird-watching and swimming, a decline in water quality due to salinity, sedimentation, eutrophication and loss of fringing habitat has rendered it almost un-usable. The bird and plant life has also declined as a result.

A committee was elected that day to drive the project forward, focussing on improving water quality through combining engineered management of water flows with environmental restoration work around the lake and in the surrounding catchment. The community of Katanning is expecting the project to take at least five years and a lot of hard work, but is committed to caring for Lake Ewlyamartup for the benefit of current and future generations.

For further information: Katanning Landcare Centre, +61 8 9821 4327 or landcarekat@westnet.com.au

Photo: Residents of all ages from the agricultural district of Katanning at Lake Ewlyamartup on World Wetlands Day 2010.


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