Framework for developing and implementing ecological monitoring and evaluation of aquatic rehabilitation in demonstration reaches.
Boys CA, Robinson W, Butcher A, Zampatti B and Lyon J (2008) Framework for developing and implementing ecological monitoring and evaluation of aquatic rehabilitation in demonstration reaches. MDBC Publication No. 43/08. Murray Darling Basin Commission, Canberra. Australia. 68pp. ISBN 978 1 921527 83 4.
The implementation of demonstration reaches is important to the success of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission’s Native Fish Strategy which aims to enhance native fish populations throughout the Basin over the next 50 years. Demonstration reaches are sections of river where multiple threats to river health are managed through adaptive rehabilitation. They promote the need for holistic river rehabilitation to restore fish assemblages (i.e., all native fish species rather than individual species). As well as enhancing public awareness, they are also seen as a crucial step to refining guidelines for the restoration of rivers elsewhere in the Basin.
The need to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of these rehabilitation works is also well identified, although to date monitoring has been inconsistently applied. This manual provides a scientifically-robust and cost-effective framework to guide the monitoring and evaluation of ecological response to river rehabilitation carried out within a demonstration reach. The manual explains the need for ecological monitoring of demonstration reaches, describes elements of a good monitoring program, and discusses different types of monitoring able to be undertaken, and how they should be applied. It is hoped that the knowledge contained within this manual will assist natural resource management groups and the wider community to understand how best to contribute to improving the health of native fish communities in the Murray-Darling Basin.