Protecting our Ponds

Providence Ponds, the Perry River and their tributaries are a type of waterway system known as ‘Chain of Ponds’. The ‘Chain of Ponds’ are described as a waterway consisting of irregularly spaced, deep pools separated by a grassy depression or shallow undefined channel. ‘Chain of Ponds’ systems were once common across South-eastern Australia but are now very rare.

No fully intact ‘Chain of Ponds’ systems are known to currently exist as post-European changes to aquatic habitats have resulted in a loss (or at least significant modification) of these environments. The Providence Ponds and Perry River catchment is unique in that the catchment still contains sections of intact ponds as well ponds that are recovering from erosion and incision processes.

That’s why this project is all about Protecting our Ponds.

Need

What are a Chain of Ponds?

Providence Ponds, the Perry River and their tributaries are a type of waterway system known as a Chain of Ponds. These waterways consist of irregularly spaced, deep pools separated by a grassy depression or shallow undefined channel.

Why are they important?

Chain of Ponds systems were once common across South-eastern Australia but are now very rare.

  • No fully intact Chain of Ponds systems are known to currently exist as post-European changes to aquatic habitats have resulted in a loss or modification of these environments.
  • The Providence Ponds and Perry River catchment is unique in that it still contains sections of intact ponds, as well as ponds that are recovering from erosion and incision processes.
  • The catchment and its ponds are home to many threatened plant and animal species such as Dwarf Galaxias, Pygmy Perch, Green and Golden Bell Frog, Gaping Leek-orchid and Prostate Cone-bush.

Why do they need protecting?

The Chain of Ponds health is at risk from threats including:

  • Changing land use
  • Habitat fragmentation due to historic native vegetation clearing
  • Erosion
  • Pest plants and animals

The purpose of the project is to protect and rehabilitate the Chain of Ponds and increase habitat connectivity in the Providence Ponds and Perry River catchment.

Planning

The Perry River catchment is identified as an area for priority attention in the West Gippsland Regional Catchment Strategy, as it contains these important and unique environmental features.

We received $1.6 million of funding through the Victorian Government’s Our Catchments, Our Communities (OCOC) Program to undertake an integrated catchment management project in the Providence Ponds and Perry River catchment area over four years.

A Strategic Directions Statement was created in 2017 to help identify the most critical threats to the health of the ponds and priority areas for attention. It represents a shared understanding of the concerns of natural resource management agencies and members of the community. It represents long term priorities for managing the Providence Ponds and Perry River catchment

Fenced Pond on Boyd property

Works

This project summary  outlines some of the works that will take place as part of the Protecting Our Ponds project.

Works will begin in 2018.

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Outcomes

This project is supported by us through funding from the Victorian Government’s Our Catchments, Our Communities Program.