Victorian River Health Strategy
The Victorian River Health Strategy provides the framework for making decisions on the management and restoration of Victoria’s rivers. The objective of the strategy is healthy rivers, streams and flood plains which meet the environmental, economic, recreational and cultural needs of current and future generations. (This was taken from Department of Natural Resources and Environment (2002)[now DSE], Victorian River Health Strategy)
The Glenelg Hopkins River Health Strategy was prepared in consultation with a number of other strategies and stakeholders. This strategy provides a framework for targeted action and is based upon the framework set out in the Victorian River Health Strategy.
The Regional Catchment Strategy has identified an overarching and aspirational target for waterway health and water quality that is consistent with the principles of the State Environment Protection Policy 2003 Waters of Victoria. Its objective is to maintain and enhance the ecological health of the region’s waterways while maintaining economic and social development.
Glenelg Hopkins Water Quality Management Plan (Draft)
This plan builds on the Nutrient Management Plan and accounts for other parameters and complements the Salinity Management Plan. It presents a holistic adaptive management framework for water quality management in the South Western Victoria over the next five years.
Salinity Management Plan
This Salinity Management Plan incorporates the lessons learnt of the processes that control salinity and the opportunities to negate or reduce its impact. It outlines the way forward to manage salinity. In addition to direct benefits in terms of salinity control, the Salinity Plan also offers multiple benefits to regional land, water and vegetation programs. Integration is achieved through the Glenelg Hopkins Regional Catchment Strategy, which provides the overarching direction for natural resource management in the region.
Glenelg Hopkins Nutrient Management Plan
This plan has been prepared with strong community and regional stakeholder involvement and is a response to concern about the number of blue-green algae blooms. Blooms have been recorded in Lake Linlithgow, Lake Hamilton and the Hopkins River and are attributed to increased levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. The plan provides a framework for coordination, implementation, monitoring, reporting and accountability.
2011 RiverTender Probity Report