January 2016 Riverspace update

January 2016 Riverspace update

Landholders protect endangered frog 

Just a few kilometres from the South Australian border, on the Murray River, two landholders are managing their wetlands specifically for the protection of the southern bell frog. As part of their management strategy, the landholders are working with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to deliver environmental water to their wetlands.

For Mick Greatz, the use of environmental water is an opportunity to see positive change in the health of wetlands on his property. “As a 10 year old, I vividly remembered the life and sounds that arrived in the wetland soon after natural flood waters,” Mr Greatz said. “That’s why I wanted to get involved with environmental water. Discovering southern bell frogs and white-breasted sea-eagles making use of the wetlands are two of the most exciting outcomes for me,” he said.

Environmental water management officer Sascha Healy said the work of landholders combined with environmental water had been key to the frog’s survival in this region.

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