HELPING HAND: Corindi River will be the focus of a project addressing streambank erosion.
HELPING HAND: Corindi River will be the focus of a project addressing streambank erosion. Contributed

Groups join to restore streambank erosion

A LOCAL restoration project on the Corindi River will focus on addressing streambank erosion and will see better habitat for better fish.

The project is centred on revegetating a badly eroded stretch of streambank to enhance riparian habitat, reduce bank erosion and improve water quality.

The work coincides with National Tree Day which is celebrated at the end of this month.

A number of local community groups are involved in the revegetation works to address erosion issues.

"Many helping hands working together to plant more trees, on a currently bare bank, will see better habitat for better fish," Mid North Coast project officer with WetlandCare Australia Kirralee Donovan said.

Streambank erosion is one of the biggest threats to waterways of the Mid North Coast.

The processes of erosion degrade riparian habitat, aquatic health and water quality - critical elements for healthy fish stocks.

Although streambank erosion can be a natural process caused by tidal actions, waves and wind, it is in many cases accelerated by human-induced changes to the environment.

Miss Donovan said that a lack of vegetation combined with impacts from everyday activities increases the potential for erosion.

"Things like boat wash and continual foot-traffic on sensitive areas can significantly increase erosion rates.

"Increasing amounts of sediment entering our waterways, as a result of erosion, has flow-on impacts to water quality and fish habitat, which ultimately leads to less fish in our ecosystems," she said.

Streambank erosion is a significant threat to riparian health, aquatic habitat and water quality.

WetlandCare Australia, the leading wetland conservation organisation, is delivering best practice works with a range of partners including the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust.

For more information about this project. contact WetlandCare Australia coffsharbour@wetlandcare.com.au.



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