Our wetland scientists monitor the health of large water bodies to ensure they remain free from environmental issues such as eutrophication, poor water quality, algal outbreaks, weed dominance, mosquito and midge booms, fish kills and invasive species dominance.
Wetland Health Monitoring
Monitoring wetland health is critical to ensure the ‘ecological character’ of the water body remains intact. If change is occurring, we need to understand the cause and then develop a management strategy to restore the wetland to its pre-disturbed condition. Monitoring requires systematic collection of data repeated over time, and PASES Aqua uses a range of indicators to monitor wetland health (modified from National Land and Water Audit):
|Change in fringing zone (measured by change in vegetation condition)|
There are times when resources are not available to measure all indicators. In this situation, PASES Aqua will assess the most important indicators to assess and maintain the integrity of the wetland.