Managing natural assets: Enhancing farm dams
Enhancing farm dams can have many benefits for water quality, water security and farm productivity, while also supporting biodiversity.
Natural wetlands have been highly modified or removed from many agricultural regions in south-eastern Australia. By enhancing dams through managing livestock access, farmers can play a role in restoring biodiversity by providing habitat and resources that were once present in these natural wetlands. Enhancing dams has also been demonstrated to lead to improvements in water quality and water persistence, which in turn have benefits for stock health and overall farm productivity. Enhanced dams also have reduced greenhouse gas (methane) emissions compared to typical dams.
This 8-page management guide shares Sustainable Farms’ research on the multiple benefits that arise from enhancing farm dams and how to undertake a dam enhancement project.
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