Interstate love for estuaries builds partnerships

NACC’s Healthy Estuaries Project is feeling the love thanks to a collaboration with EstuaryWatch and the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) at Federation University in Victoria.

The partnership will see the development of an online data portal to display public information about estuaries in the NACC NRM region.

Volunteers checking out the new data portal

Based on the EstuaryWatch Victoria version, the portal will allow estuary monitoring volunteers to upload data which they have collected in the field. This data is then converted into graphics that provide an account of estuary health. Long term contributions to the data portal will help estuary managers track trends over time and determine whether activities within the catchment require further management.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Manager, Hamish Longbottom, said this was the next level of the Healthy Estuaries project. “Estuary monitoring volunteers now have the capacity to collect, record and review their own data,” he said.

“Learning from Estuary Watch we have been able to customise a data portal to suit our activities in the NACC NRM region and provide a great resource for the community as well as estuary managers”.

A workshop for estuary monitors was held in Guilderton last Friday to explain the new portal and opportunities to get involved in citizen science. Paul Feely from CeRDI discussed the ins and outs of the portal while everyone had an opportunity to provide feedback about other features would be beneficial to include.

The Healthy Estuaries portal will soon be available on the NACC Healthy Estuaries page

“We hope to grow the portal to include new features so more information about estuary health can be gained and shared throughout the region”

NACC’s Healthy Estuaries project is made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Department of Planning Lands and Heritage’s Coastwest grants program.

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