Research

A list of projects undertaken by MDFRC. For more information on any of these projects contact MDFRC.

Research Portfolio 2013

Guidance to River Murray operations on water quality risks 2011-2012 (project 412)

Assessment of the response of aquatic taxa blackwater in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin (project 419)

Delivery of Introduction to Science for the Tertiary Enabling Program at La Trobe University Mildura (project 429)

Fish monitoring in Carrs, Cappitts and Bunberoo Creek system, Lower Murray Darling NSW (Spring 2012) (project 441)

Assessment  of fish movement in Sandilong Creek, Spring 2012 (project 440)

Improving capacity to manage blackwater in the southern Murray-Darling Basin (project 439)

Water Quality monitoring during the removal of the Mildura Weir (project 459)

Update of the MDFRC online bug guide (project 443)

Enhance the quality and value of MDFRC macroinvertebrate collection through application of genetic barcoding (project 444)

Integrated Pest Management (project 219)

Monitoring program for fish and vegetation communities in Kings Billabong 2011-2012 (project 401)

Long term implementation of the Commonwealth Monitoring Reporting and Improvement framework (project 435)

Investigating the influences of changes in the River Murray water quality monitoring program on future capacity to detect trends in water quality (project 445)

Broken River environmental flow study (project 437)

Improving the efficient use of environmental water (NERP) (project 424)

Environmental Water Scientific Advisory Panel (project 500.8)

Murray hardyhead conservation  in Victoria – population monitoring, translocation and captive breeding programs 2012-2013 (project 333)

2012-2013 Theogoa Lagoon lateral movement carp removal (project 460)

Integrated Ecological Condition Assessment - Pilot Study (IECA Phase One) (project 413)

Research Portfolio 2012

Drain L & M Management & Diversion Rules (project 422)

Monitoring the ecological response of Commonwealth environmental water delivered in 2011-12 (project 410)

Captive maintenance and breeding of Murray Hardyhead from South Australian populations (Disher Creek and Berri Evaporation Basin) June 2011 – June 2012 (project 310)

Assessment  of the response of aquatic taxa to blackwater in the southern Murray-Darling Basin (project 419)

Integrated Ecological Condition Assessment (IECA) Framework ‘Proof of Concept’ trial at two Victorian Living Murray Icon Sites (Hattah Lakes and Barmah Forest) (project 413)

Improving the efficiency use of environmental flows (project 424)

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (project 302)

Ecological responses to altered flow regimes (project 342)

Impact of Lake Mokoan Decommissioning on Water Quality and Fish Communities within the Broken River (project 378)

Maintenance of captive populations from Cardross Basin 1, Lake Hawthorn, Round and Woorinen North Lakes (July 2010 to June 2011) and fish, water quality and habitat monitoring at Mallee sites in 2010/2011 (project 333)

The Living Murray Icon Site Condition Monitoring - Lindsay-Mulcra-Wallpolla amd Hattah Lakes (project 398)

Monitoring program for fish and vegetation communities in Kings Billabong (project 401)

Assessment of drifting fish larvae in the Murray River (Mildura) in spring/summer 2011-2012 (project 406)

Sandilong Creek Carp Electrofishing  (project 426)

Mitta Mitta River Catchment Long-Term Monitoring Project: Continuation of the existing ecological monitoring of the river health below Dartmouth Dam and the additional monitoring sites in the Upper Mitta Mitta Catchment (project 291) (Continuation of project 266)

River Murray Biological (Macroinvertebrate) Monitoring Program (project 393) (Continuation of project 368)

Implementing a systems approach to support adaptive management of river wetland health in the Murray-Darling Basin (project 248)

Water Quality  Monitoring in Lower-darling River associated with the transfer of water from Menindee lakes to Murray River 2011-2012m (project 407)

Ecological resilience in the Murray-Darling Basin 2011-2012 (project 411)

Drought Monitoring (project 214b)

The Farms, Rivers and Markets Project: Catchment Scale Demonstration of Integrated Water Management (project 296)

Monitoring the effects of Willow removal (project 364)

Implementation of the Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Plan (project 351)              39

Value of environmental watering during drought years (project 404)

Integrated Pest Management (project 219)

Monitor dissolved oxygen and water quality around Barmah Millewa Forest (project 408)

Monitoring impacts of the carp migration into Washpen Creek  (project 415)

Assessment of the fish community in Lake Kramen (North West Victoria) upon re-inundation after a 17 year dry spell (project 392)

Assessment of fish movement between Butlers Creek and the Murray River, Winter (project 399)

Assessment of fish community in Margooya Lagoon post Murray River flooding (project 402)

Etwanda and Bob Corbound Wetlands ‘State of the Wetlands’ Surveys – Autumn 2012 (project 421)

Scoping study of increased environmental flows between the Hume Weir and Lake Mulwala (project 395)

To collate data relating to Blackwater events currently occurring in the Basin (project 380)

Fish Surveys of Carrs, Cappitts and Bunberoo Creek System, Lower Murray Darling NSW (project 420)

The Response of a large lowland river to the transition from drought to flood at key sites Barmah-Milewa  (project 394)

Research Portfolio 2011

Captive maintenance and breeding of Murray Hardyhead from South Australian populations (Disher Creek and Berri Evaporation Basin) June 2011 – June 2012 (project 310)

Determining Watering Regimes to Protect Floodplains under Hyper-Drought Conditions (project 246)

The Living Murray 2010-2011 Condition Monitoring Lindsay–Mulcra–Wallpolla Islands and Hattah Lakes (project 363)

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (project 302)

Ecological responses to altered flow regimes (project 342)

Barmah-Millewa Blackwater Monitoring (project 376)

Impact of Lake Mokoan Decommissioning on Water Quality and Fish Communities within the Broken River (project 378)

Fish Spawning and Recruitment in the Lachlan River – Stage 2 (project 317)

Ecological Risk Assessment Mullaroo Creek (project 357)

Margooya Lagoon Fish Movement Spring 2010 (project 371)

Maintenance of captive populations from Cardross Basin 1, Lake Hawthorn, Round and Woorinen North Lakes (July 2010 to June 2011) and fish, water quality and habitat monitoring at Mallee sites in 2010/2011 (project 333)

Assessment of the fish community in Lake Kramen (North West Victoria) upon re-inundation after a 17 year dry spell (project 392)

Assessment of fish movement between Butlers Creek and the Murray River, Winter (project 399)

Assessment of fish community in Margooya Lagoon post Murray River flooding (project 402)

Scoping study of increased environmental flows between the Hume Weir and Lake Mulwala (project 395)

Biological Assessment of the Murray-Darling Basin using monitoring of the macroinvertebrates community structure (project 368) (Continuation of project 244)

River Murray Biological (Macroinvertebrate) Monitoring Program (project 393) (Continuation of project 368)

Drought Contingency Monitoring of NSW Wetlands–Euston Lakes system (project 247 - Extension) – 2011 Single Survey of Euston Lakes

Mitta Mitta River Catchment Long-Term Monitoring project: Continuation of the existing ecological monitoring of the river health below Dartmouth Dam and the additional monitoring sites in the Upper Mitta Mitta Catchment (project 291) (Continuation of project 266)

Implementing a systems approach to support adaptive management of river wetland health in the Murray-Darling Basin (project 248)

Comprehensive Review of the 1980–2008 Murray River Monitoring Data (project 330)

Comprehensive Review of the 1998–2008 Mitta Mitta River Monitoring Data (project 331)

Assessing the importance of water-borne propagule movement for establishment of aquatic vegetation in a long-dry wetland (project 352)

Assessing the effectiveness of environmental flows on fish recruitment, water quality and secondary productivity in Barmah-Millewa (project 366)

To collate data relating to Blackwater events currently occurring in the Basin (project 380)

Understanding Blackwater generated from the Koondrook-Perricoota Forest (project 381)

The Response of a large lowland river to the transition from drought to flood at key sites Barmah-Milewa  (project 394)

Drought Monitoring (project 214b)

Minimising Environmental Damage from Water Recovery from Inland Wetlands: Determining water regimes to minimise the impact of sulfidic sediments (potential acid sulfate soils) (project 228)

Optimising Environmental Watering Protocols to Maximise Benefits to Native Fish Populations (project 229)

The Farms, Rivers and Markets project: Catchment Scale Demonstration of Integrated Water Management (project 296)

Angler Diaries for Gunbower Island: Community contribution to knowledge generation of fish distribution across Gunbower Island (project 320)

Monitoring and assessment of the efficiency of the Gunbower Weir fishway and Thompsons Weir fishway (project 372)

Gunbower Island Annual Fish Monitoring Autumn 2011 (project 390)

Monitoring the effects of Willow removal (project 364)

Undertake a survey of the large bodied fish community in Lake Moodemere – with specific reference to the presence/absence of Catfish (project 370). Lake Moodemere Environmental Watering Plan

Implementation of the Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Plan (project 351)

Reviewing information on the ecology of the purple–spotted gudgeon, Mogurnda adspersa (Eleotridae), in Australian rivers (project 297)

Integrated Pest Management (project 219)

Research Portfolio 2010

Focus Farm Wetland Study (project 348)

Interim maintenance and breeding of captive Murray hardyhead from Rocky Gully Wetland (Murray Bridge, South Australia) (project 310)

Determining Watering Regimes to Protect Floodplains under Hyper-Drought Conditions (project 246)

The Living Murray 2008-2009 Condition Monitoring Lindsay–Mulcra–Wallpolla Islands and Hattah Lakes (project 283)

The Living Murray 2009-2010 Condition Monitoring Lindsay–Mulcra–Wallpolla Islands and Hattah Lakes (project 323)

The Living Murray 2010-2011 Condition Monitoring Lindsay–Mulcra–Wallpolla Islands and Hattah Lakes (project 363)

Fish requirements for the proposed river rehabilitation of the Lindsay-Mullaroo System (project 337)

An evaluation of the proposed Chowilla Creek environmental regulator on large-bodied fish species (project 312)

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (project 302)

Ecological responses to altered flow regimes (project 342)

Monitoring of Broken Creek: Water Quality and System Understanding - Azolla III (project 211-2)

Effects of turbidity on native fish populations: an ecosystems-scale experiment (project 292)

Fish Spawning and Recruitment in the Lachlan River – Stage 2 (project 317)

Mt Buffalo Peatlands Ecological Risk Assessment – Water Quality Assessment Program (project 346)

Translocation and monitoring of three sites for Murray hardyhead (Craterocephalus fluviatilis) 2009-2010; and maintenance of back up captive populations from Cardross Basin 1 and Lake Hawthorn (July 2009-June 2010) (project 333)

Ducks Foot Lagoon, Baggs Lagoon and Sandilong Creek backwater for Acid Sulfate Soil Assessment (project 345)

Assessment of lateral fish movement to and from Margooya Lagoon when re-connection to the Murray River is provided (project 355)

Ecological Risk Assessment Mullaroo Creek (project 357)

Margooya Lagoon Fish Movement Spring 2010 (project 371)

Interpretation of analysis data from perennial and ephemeral streams in the Murray Catchment (project 264)

Climate Change Monitoring in the Murray River Catchment using Macroinvertebrates (project 318)

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Program 2007/08 to 2009/10 (project 244)

Biological Assessment of the Murray-Darling Basin using monitoring of the macroinvertebrates community structure (project 368) (Continuation of project 244)

Mitta Mitta River Catchment Long-Term Monitoring project : Continuation of the existing ecological monitoring of the river health below Dartmouth Dam and the additional monitoring sites in the Upper Mitta Mitta Catchment (project 291) (Continuation of project 266)

Drought Contingency Monitoring of NSW Wetlands–Euston Lakes system (project 247)

Drought Contingency Monitoring of NSW Wetlands – Back Creek and Tumudgery Creek (project 250)

Implementing a systems approach to support adaptive management of river wetland health in the Murray-Darling Basin (project 248)

Comprehensive Review of the 1980–2008 Murray River Monitoring Data (project 330)

Comprehensive Review of the 1998–2008 Mitta Mitta River Monitoring Data (project 331)

Research Opportunities during the refilling of Euston Lakes (project 336)

Assessing the importance of water-borne propagule movement for establishment of aquatic vegetation in a long-dry wetland (project 352)

Murray Icon Sites Application project 2010-2011 (project 359)

Assessing the effectiveness of environmental flows on fish recruitment, water quality and secondary productivity in Barmah-Millewa (project 366)

River Murray Water Quality Monitoring Program: Phytoplankton data trend analysis 1980-2009 (project 367)

Study into the Blackwater aspects of the Koondrook Perricoota Forest Flood Enhancement project . (project 369)

Drought Monitoring (project 214b)

On-Going Maintenance - Online guide to the Identification and Ecology of Australian Freshwater Invertebrates (project 34) and (project 300)

Riverina Vegetation Survey (project 344)

Murray Irrigation Area Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring (project 86)

Minimising Environmental Damage from Water Recovery from Inland Wetlands: Determining water regimes to minimise the impact of sulfidic sediments (potential acid sulfate soils) (project 228)

Optimising Environmental Watering Protocols to Maximise Benefits to Native Fish Populations (project 229)

The Farms, Rivers and Markets project : Catchment Scale Demonstration of Integrated Water Management (project 296)

Angler Diaries for Gunbower Island: Community contribution to knowledge generation of fish distribution across Gunbower Island (project 320)

Wetland and Waterway Condition Assessments (project 329)

Gunbower, Koondrook, Perricoota Icon Site Fish Surveys (project 353)

Monitoring and assessment of the efficiency of the Gunbower Weir fishway and Thompsons Weir fishway

Willows Monitoring (project 274)

Monitoring the effects of Willow removal (project 364)

Implementation of the Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Plan (project 351)

Determining the resilience of fish populations to drought in unregulated rivers (project 272)

Reviewing information on the ecology of the purple–spotted gudgeon, Mogurnda adspersa (Eleotridae), in Australian rivers (project 297)

Impact of sulfidic sediments on the viability of dormant propagules (project 328)

Chowilla Floodplain: Water Quality risks associated with Schedule A (2009/2010) watering of Chowilla floodplain at Coppermine Floodplain and in an channel water level rise at Punkah Creek (project 335)

Integrated Pest Management (project 219)

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