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MID Nutrients

NUTRIENT REDUCTION IN THE MID

Nutrients from the Macalister Irrigation District (MID) impact on the water quality in receiving streams and the Gippsland Lakes.

The sources of nutrients from the MID include fertilisers, manure and soil erosion. Nutrients contribute to algal blooms in the Gippsland Lakes.

Southern Rural Water, together with the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources, and the Environment Protection Authority, undertakes nutrient reduction strategies, monitoring and reporting to meet the targets of the State Environment Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria) and the Macalister Land and Water Management Plan.

 

SRW Monitors Nutrients

Southern Rural Water monitors the load of Total Phosphorus (TP) leaving the Macalister Irrigation District (MID).

We do this by monitoring Total Phosphorous at 8 carefully selected auto-sampler sites. These sites measure the TP load entering and exiting the MID, allowing SRW to calculate the TP load from the irrigation district.

The TP load discharged from the district is reported quarterly to the Environment Protection Authority. Modellers and researchers also use the data to advise on management actions to minimise nutrient loads.

 

Nutrient Management

Southern Rural Water actively supports nutrient reduction in the MID. See this video highlighting some of the significant environmental improvements that have been achieved in the district.

SRW actively participate in regional forums with other stakeholders to coordinate and improve our efforts, and provide data for research on nutrients and blue green algal blooms.

SRW, along with its partners, were recently awarded as finalists in the Premiers Sustainability Awards and the Banksia Sustainability Awards for their efforts in improving the health of the Gippsland Lakes through nutrient reduction and monitoring.

Our other activities include:

  • cooperating with landholders to convert drains into irrigation reuse systems
  • reporting illegal discharges to irrigation drains to the EPA
  • providing input to whole farm plans
  • reducing outfall of waters from irrigation channels into drains
  • revegetating irrigation drains
  • undertaking educational activities to promote nutrient reduction in the MID.

The MID 2030 Strategy outlines our approach, including drain modification and artificial wetlands, which together with improved irrigation delivery systems will produce positive outcomes for nutrient control.

The modernisation of the irrigation delivery system will allow farmers to irrigate more efficiently and reduce the volume of water leaving farms into the drainage system.

We actively participate in regional forums with other stakeholders to coordinate and improve our efforts, and we contribute to nutrient and blue green algae research.

Our other activities include:

  • cooperating with landholders to convert drains into irrigation reuse systems
  • reporting illegal discharges to irrigation drains to the EPA
  • providing input to whole farm plans
  • reducing outfall of waters from irrigation channels into drains
  • revegetating irrigation drains
  • contributing to Waterwatch
  • reporting nutrient updates
  • undertaking educational activities to promote nutrient reduction in the MID

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WaterMatch - online trading

Watermatch is a free online service, designed to help people trade water.

Once you have registered, you can advertise to buy or sell water.

Depending on the water that you wish to trade, choose from the Groundwater, Surface Water (rivers and creeks) and Irrigation District forum.

Select a new topic to create your ad. Your ad can be to buy or sell water, and must describe the source of your water, quantity of water you want to buy or sell, how long you want to trade for and your contact details. If you are happy to put a buying or selling price, this can be included here too.

If you want to respond to an ad, you can use the email link or contact the advertiser direct.

It is an online trading forum, and can also be used by people who are not on the internet, with help from our staff.

Watermatch allows you to register your interest in either buying or selling water in southern Victoria.

  • the Macalister, Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District
  • Groundwater systems in southern Victoria
  • Rivers and creek systems in southern Victoria (other than those managed by Melbourne Water around the Port Phillip region).

Who can use it?
Anyone can use watermatch. You may be an existing licence holder who wants to sell water, or buy more water.

You may not currently have a licence, but you want to buy water in the region.

How does it work?

  • click here to enter Watermatch
  • register as a user (a very simple process)
  • go to the system or district you are interested in and check current entries
  • add in any entry for any water you want to sell or buy

What information should I include in my ad?

  • If you are wanting to buy or sell
  • your name
  • phone number
  • name of river, creek, groundwater management area or irrigation district
  • how much water is to be traded
  • If the trade is temporary or permanent
  • term of the trade (Maximum term is 5 years)

Things you need to know
We are always looking for ways to improve our customer service. If you would like to provide feedack or suggested improvements please click here.

it's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

Trading applications must be submitted to Southern Rural Water and approval granted before water is taken. A water transfer application form can be downloaded from our application page.

If you want to trade upstream, please speak with one of our Assessment Officers prior to submitting an application.

To check if a buyer or seller can trade with you, call us on 1300 139 510 and ask to speak to an Assessment Officer.

Not a water broker

It's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

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