As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

Webinar: Protecting freshwater turtles

Join Arthur Rylah Institute Scientist Katie Howard to learn about her work with freshwater turtles and the role they play in freshwater ecosystems. This webinar was recorded on October 29, 2020.

15 December 2020
Audio described version

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Turtles play an important role in freshwater ecosystems but are one the most endangered taxa worldwide. This presentation will introduce participants to the three turtle species that can be found in south-eastern Australia, their general biology and habits. The talk will cover ways that people can contribute to turtle conservation and highlight a volunteer-led turtle conservation program underway at Devilbend Natural Features Reserve.


About the presenter

Katie Howard works at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) and has over 15 years’ experience working with freshwater and marine turtles both in Australia and internationally. The focus of much of Katie’s recent work relates to assessing the response of turtles to drought and flood, working at the Barmah-Millewa Icon Site. Her work focusses on identifying threats to turtles and management practices that may assist population recovery.

Melbourne Water and industry professionals have partnered to bring you Waterwatch ‘Expert Connections’, a webinar series connecting industry professionals with the volunteers, community groups and other practitioners working together to protect our waterways. View all events in this series.