1.1 The Basin’s native fish
1.2 The importance of macro-invertebrates
1.3 Frogs as indicators of river health
1.4 Platypus: Challenges of being top of the food
2.1 What plant is that?
2.2 Understanding the plant communities
2.3 Dieback on the floodplain
Rivers and water
3.1 What water quality tells us about river health
3.2 How we’ve changed the way rivers flow
3.3 Understanding the catchment concept
3.4 Environmental flows
3.5 Uses and abuses of underground water
4.1 How healthy are your river banks?
4.2 The shape and form of your river
4.3 Plant and animal invaders
4.4 Polluting our rivers with cold water
4.5 Underwater habitats
4.6 What can a Demonstration Reach demonstrate?
Rivers and people
5.1 A river ‘place’ – human connections to rivers
5.2 Sustainable recreational fishing
5.3 Growing crops and irrigation systems
5.4 Indigenous and modern uses of native plants
5.5 River art
5.6 Water drama
This curriculum and activity guide was prepared by Tanya Rucosky Noakes from
ACT Waterwatch with input from a number of people, and most notably Luke Johnston.
Dr Bill Phillips from RiverSmart Australia Limited did the editing and also coordinated
the project on behalf of the funding bodies, as follows:
Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program and its support for the
Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach project
Namoi Catchment Management Authority and Industry and Investment NSW
through its support for the Namoi Demonstration Reach project.
Central West Catchment Management Authority through its support
for the Macquarie RiverSmart initiative
Murray-Darling Basin Authority through its Native Fish Strategy program.
Other organisations that assisted included:
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