Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program
This project continues the first phase of the Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program which was a ten-year monitoring program to provide information to guide decisions on the management of environmental flows and as part of the conditions of consent for the construction of the anabranch pipeline.
The first four years of monitoring of the riparian vegetation community and aquatic habitat and fauna represents the first data collected for the Darling Anabranch. Preliminary findings indicated that the Darling Anabranch is a diverse and resilient system that is able to respond rapidly to changes in hydrological state.
The objective of the Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program 2014–2019 is:
....to develop and implement an adaptive monitoring program to inform the management of environmental flows in the Darling Anabranch, as well as meet certain elements of the Approval Conditions for the stock and domestic pipeline.
The Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program 2014–19 continues to monitor the Darling Anabranch ecosystem, but includes the development of a new monitoring program based on conceptual models and SMART objectives developed from our understanding of the system.
The second stage of the Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program will take place in two phases.
- Phase one (Planning): will develop conceptual models and objectives through a series of workshops with a technical advisory group.
- Phase two (Monitoring): the outcomes of the first phase will determine the second monitoring phase.
Monitoring takes place within the three-year project only when flows are delivered to the Darling Anabranch. We will review the monitoring outcomes and the monitoring program annually to inform the adaptive management.