Water For Nature held another successful Exchange in the South Australian Riverland this week, showcasing successful environmental watering projects and exchanging stories between all the different people who engage in this challenging space! Standout stories came from Riverland artist Liz and ‘Accidental Citizen Scientist’ Ron. Liz told of how she and fellow-artist husband Clint became involved in watering the Yarra Creek floodplain across the river from their home, after watching its sad decline in the drought. Clint became the ‘human bobcat’, digging shallow trenches and building mini-dams to make the most of the water as the floodplain turned into a wetland full of frogs, waterplants, healthy lignum and flowering black box. Ron was quietly rehabilitating after major surgery on the river bank near Nildottie until his peace was disturbed by a noisy pump transferring water into the adjacent wetland. Ron became the pump man, photopoint monitor and local advocate for the recovery project at Greenways wetland. Both stories inspired the audience and provided neat examples to use to spread the word about why environmental watering is so important. In spite of the unexpected downpours which delivered 37 mm of rain to Renmark and made the floodplain impassable for most of our planned field tours, the Water Exchange was a very successful event, with a heap of positive networking among participants
and many new friends made!