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Macroinvertebrate and water quality responses to low flows in Tasmanian rivers


Hardie, SA and Bobbi, C and Barmuta, LA, Macroinvertebrate and water quality responses to low flows in Tasmanian rivers, Low Flows Report Series, National Water Commission, Canberra (2012) [Government or Industry Research]

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Commonwealth of Australia 2012


This report has been prepared for the National Water Commission as part of the Low Flow Ecological Response and Recovery Project, which seeks to examine low-flow ecological response thresholds and recovery trajectories.

To investigate ecological responses to low-flow conditions in riverine ecosystems in Tasmania, two case studies are presented. The first investigates aquatic macroinvertebrate communities in unregulated rivers in Tasmania with natural low-variability (LV) and high-variability (HV) flow regimes, and their responses to hydraulic variables during low-flow conditions over a four-year period (200710) is presented. This case study relied heavily on existing datasets from the Tasmanian Environmental Flows Project (TEFlows Project) that the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) completed recently. The second case study examines water quality (physico-chemical) monitoring data collected by DPIPWE in rivers with LV and HV flow regimes in Tasmania in relation to the effects of low-flow conditions. This case study used in situ measurements and continuously recorded physico-chemical data from rivers during periods including low-flow spells to examine physico-chemical responses to low-flow events and recovery trajectories in these variables following the resumption of moderate (or high) flows. Riverine monitoring programs that have recently been undertaken in Tasmania were also reviewed. Based on the findings of the two case studies, and knowledge gained from other recent studies in Tasmania, the effectiveness of these monitoring programs during low-flow conditions is briefly evaluated. We also outline the issues that should be considered if targeted low-flow monitoring programs are to be developed.

Item Details

Item Type:Government or Industry Research
Keywords:Tasmania, rivers, macroinvertebrates, flow, low flow, water quality, drought, stress
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Freshwater ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Hardie, SA (Dr Scott Hardie)
UTAS Author:Barmuta, LA (Associate Professor Leon Barmuta)
ID Code:115558
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-03-30
Last Modified:2017-10-13

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