Freshwater and wetlands research

We monitor freshwater and wetland environments across New South Wales to help improve and maintain the health of these systems.

View of a wetlandWe conduct research to determine the condition of wetlands across New South Wales for statewide environmental reporting. Our scientists monitor freshwater and wetland environments, collect data for reporting and sharing with a range of partners including local councils, environmental water managers and the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

Our research on freshwater and wetlands includes looking at the pressures these systems are under. We provide data that helps assess risks and better manage these important ecosystems, for example through generating soil maps.

Groundwater research

Fluctuating water levels at Thirlmere Lakes has led to a collaborative research program to help understand this phenomenon.

Water quality monitoring

Our Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Strategy guides how we manage our natural resources and provides a way to link local, regional, state and national natural resource management data. This enables us to inform and guide the community in a cohesive way about how we care for natural resources in New South Wales.

We collect and assess water quality in Kosciusko National Park throughout the year. This enables us to monitor the environmental impacts of high numbers of visitors.

We also monitor and report on the health of New South Wales estuaries. Our scientists collect, analyse and report data on the condition of the 184 estuaries in New South Wales, supporting local councils to maintain healthy waterways.

Environmental water

Environmental water plays a key role in the health of rivers, wetlands and floodplains across New South Wales. Our scientists help manage water for our environment by assessing the effects water flows on frogs, waterbirds and native plants.

We've conducted a pilot project to build an inventory of wetlands in New South Wales, which aims to improve the way they’re managed.