LDC M&E overview

An overview of Monitoring and Evaluation for the LDC project A CSIRO-installed monitoring station at Mt Wickham. M&E keeps track of the project's progress MONITORING and Evaluation (M&E) is an important part of the LDC project because it collects data...

Old photos wanted

Track down those old photographs to help the Telecentre grow its historical collection LDC has teamed up with Collinsville Connect Telecentre to hunt down photos of yesteryear that have been snapped on properties around Collinsville and Bowen. Your submission will...

Spotlight on Flagstone

Making every hectare work at Flagstone Station WHEN manager Brett Scott moved to Flagstone at the end of 2017, he did so with eyes wide open. The place was in need of attention, and he was up for the challenge. He also had a clear vision to make Flagstone a profitable...

MLA sites in operation

Belinda Callanan, TH9 Outdoor Services. MLA demonstration sites ramp up operations THE BBB’s two Producer Demonstration Sites have enlisted biosecurity and land management experts to help them meet their objectives. LDC has partnered with Meat & Livestock...

M&E at Strathbogie

An overview of Monitoring and Evaluation for the LDC project Work in progress at the Strathbogie Station gully remediation site. First results at Strathbogie are encouraging Treatment Treatment on the gully system at Strathbogie Station included five hillslope flow...

M&E at Glen Bowen

An overview of Monitoring and Evaluation for the LDC project Gully system split into two to slow water flow THE Glen Bowen site was selected as the LDC project’s second major gully remediation project in the Bowen Broken Bogie (BBB) catchment. Dubbed “Gully 1”, it had...

 

Reef regulations - grazing, standard conditions

  1. For land in good or fair condition (more than 50 per cent ground cover at 30 September), continue using measures to maintain land condition.
  2. For land in poor condition (less than 50 per cent ground cover at 30 September), steps must be taken to improve land condition.
  3. For land in degraded condition (less than 20 per cent ground cover at 30 September), steps must be taken to improve land condition OR prevent areas from further degrading or expanding.
  4. Keep records of measures taken and also of agricultural chemicals, fertiliser and mill mud or mill ash applied to land.
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The LDC project monitors four gully sites (represented in this table) with gold standard equipment and analysis, carried out by CSIRO.

Results have been compiled in a preliminary report from Bartley et al (2020), with the final report expected to be released by the end of 2020. The preliminary report shows all four sites have indicators of improvements, notably the Strathbogie and Mt Wickham sites.

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*The Exploring New Incentives activity area has provided an opportunity for graziers to adopt improved land management practices through a range of activities. For some of these properties, it was the first time they signed contracts for on-ground works.

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Figure 1. Total fine sediment reduction by project type and erosion source. Inset shows the proportion of the total project area for each project type.

These estimates have been calculated using two methods: 

1) The pollutant reduction component of the Alluvium/Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) investment tool for hillslope and streambank erosion management projects; 

2) The Reef Trust Gully Toolbox method for gully erosion management projects. The LDC Water Quality Report 2020 (Waterhouse et al., 2020) highlights that a number of assumptions underlay these calculations, therefore these figures should be treated as the best available estimate of sediment reductions to date.

Preventing sediment from reaching the Great Barrier Reef

Each wet season sediment is washed into local waterways and out to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). 

Most sediment is very fine, and can stay suspended for a long time and can travel great distances. Valuable topsoil is lost from production, and increased concentrations on the reef can be harmful to seagrasses and corals. 

Landholders in the BBB have completed 69 on-ground water quality practice changes, and it is estimated that these have contributed a fine sediment reduction of 6,154 tonnes per year from reaching the GBR. 

Of this, approximately half of the sediment savings are attributable to grazing land management changes on hillslopes and streambanks, and the other half as a result of gully remediation treatments across a broad range of scales, as shown in the graphs above. 

The table below also highlights the relatively small area of intervention in the gully management projects compared to the large sediment savings that these can achieve - 60 per cent of the sediment savings over only 4 per cent of the project area.

Table 1. Estimated sediment reductions (tonnes) from projects completed in the LDC Project to date.

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*GLMWW = Grazing Land Management Wire and Water