October 2015 Riverspace update

October 2015 Riverspace update

Building a stronger wetland food web 

What do tadpoles eat? It may seem a simple question, but the answer could play an important role in deciding when, and how often, local wetlands receive water.

Research is revealing the important role tadpoles play in the wetland food web. Environmental water is helping to provide the conditions tadpoles need to flourish and in turn become a source of food for other wetland predators.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage manages the delivery of environmental water to support the health of wetlands, creeks and floodplains across the state. Water managers plan the timing and duration of these flows to meet specific environmental aims such as fish or frog spawning, waterbird breeding, plant regeneration and/or improved water quality. These decisions are based on a range of scientific data and principles.

Read more here: http://www.riverspace.com.au/item/building-a-stronger-wetland-food-web/