DPIPWE has reviewed information collected since the Great Forester Water Management Plan was adopted in 2003, to identify water management issues and develop strategies to address them.
Understanding of water resources in the catchment
Water Resources Information
The Great Forester River Water Resources Information doument provides a summary of scientifc and technical, demographic and industry information in relation to water management within the Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Plan area. It provides background on the current status of the catchment and trends in hydrological, ecological and water management indicators and was used to inform the review of the Water Management Plan.
Great Forester River Catchment Water Resources Information - Summary (373Kb)
Great Forester River Water Resources Information (8Mb)
The Impact Assessment document supports the draft amended Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Plan by providing an assessment of the impacts that may occur as a result of the proposed amendments to the Plan.
Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Plan - Impact Assessments (1Mb)
The Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Protocols complement the draft amended Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Plan 2020 by providing information on the water management arrangements that are in place in the Great Forester River catchment.
Draft Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Protocols (1Mb)
Community water values
Water is important to the Great Forester River catchment community for many reasons. A workshop with Consultative Group members was held on 9 August 2018, to identify and discuss the importance of water around the themes of economic, social, cultural and recreational, and environmental values.
Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Plan Review and Amendment Project: Water-related values (258Kb
The figure below summarises the values that were raised during the workshop.
These values have been used to develop catchment-specific objectives for the amended Plan.
Several studies and assessments have been undertaken to gain a better understanding of the important freshwater ecosystem values in the catchment:
Assessment of freshwater ecosystem values in the Great Forester Catchment Guidance for Water Management April 2007 (522Kb)
McKerrows Marsh Study
Study to determine the water requirements for McKerrows Marsh - Great Forester River
McKerrows Marsh Study Part 1 Review of information on hydrology and hydrogeology July 2005 (283Kb)
McKerrows Marsh Study Part 2 Characterisation of ecology of McKerrows Marsh Wetland July 2005 (457Kb)
McKerrows Marsh Study Part 3 Values threats and proposed management objectives November 2005 (154Kb)
McKerrows Marsh Study Part 4 Hydrological analysis and water resource budget September 2006 (2Mb)
Habitat Preference Studies
An investigation of the habitat use of juvenile Astacopsis gouldi in the Emu River Tasmania December 2006 (1Mb)
Habitat preferences and water requirements of the green and gold frog and striped march frog July 2007 (153Kb)
Habitat preferences and water requirements of the Mt Arthur burrowing crayfish and the Scottsdale burrowing crayfish July 2007 (159Kb)
Other scientific information
A range of detailed scientific information has been prepared to support our understanding of the ecological, hydrological and groundwater aspects of water resources within the Great Forester River catchment.
Surface Water Hydrology of the Great Forester Catchment October 2018 (2Mb)
Groundwater report for the Great Forester River Catchment Water Management Plan February 2019 (9Mb)
An update on the condition of the Great Forester River and a review of the managed minimum flow under the Water Management Plan (2003) September 2018 (2Mb)
McKerrows Marsh_An Assessment of Vegetation Condition September 2018 (5Mb)
Review of Hurst Creek (including Coxs Rivulet) environmental water requirements report November 2017 (781Kb)
Review of winter cease-to-take rules for the Great Forester River Water Management Plan area November 2017 (832Kb)
Conclusions from a comparative analysis of baseflow in the lower Great Forester River and groundwater level data from the monitoring bore at McKerrows Marsh June 2018 (1Mb)
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