Behold, the advent of taxa diversity! Don’t worry; this Latin-sounding phrase isn’t heralding the introduction of a new tax or taxes. Rather, “taxa diversity” simply refers to a diversity of species. Aquatic macroinvertebrates (i.e., spineless animal species large enough to be seen without a microscope) comprise a wide range of organisms that are likely to respond to physical and chemical changes in their environment.
It’s a snail's life in the Murray River wetlands near Wellington and close to Lake Alexandrina in South Australia. Photo: Arthur Mostead
Even so, long-term monitoring of these is quite rare – not just in Australia, but globally.
In 1978, a long-term biological monitoring project was funded to monitor water quality and river health using insect and non-insect macroinvertebrates. The monitoring itself began in 1980 and is continuing three decades later. This study of the insect and non-insect communities in the River Murray resulted in a number of interesting findings. Read on to find out more…
Have you seen BP-KID yet? BP-KID (no relation to Billy the) is the Basin Plan Knowledge and Information Directory. It’s the home of all manner of Basin-related things, including reports, summaries, fact sheets, spatial data and maps. BP-KID is one of the major tools we have for providing open and transparent information to stakeholders and the general public on the development of the Basin Plan.
Originally, BP-KID was simply a list of all references used in the development of the draft Basin Plan, either directly or indirectly. Over time, it has evolved to include – and make publicly available – many MDBA documents and information holdings. It is now a dynamic resource with over 1900 records.
Best of all, it’s open to anyone with a computer and an internet connection.
BP-KID is built around the search function. There are several ways you can search:
- Search by title, author and abstract: Do you know the title or even the author of the document you’re after? Do you have a particular subject in mind? Just enter your search term and hit “Find”. For example, a search for “catchment” returns 141 results.
- Search by Basin Plan Region: You can search for all documents relevant to a particular region of the Basin. Be warned – the list of search results can be long! A search for “Goulburn-Broken” brings up 712 results. You may prefer to use this search method to narrow the list of search results: a search for all groundwater-related documents for the Goulburn-Broken region brings up a far more manageable 44 results.
- Alternatively, you can look at particular Basin Plan Content areas (Referenced in which Basin Plan content). Areas include the Environmental Watering Plan, Critical Human Water Needs and Modelling.
- You can also search by Body of Work. These include information resources and spatial data referred to in the draft, regional groundwater modelling and a number of different plans.
- Of course, you can search using a combination of all four. For example, a search for Critical Human Water Needs (Basin Plan content) within Information sources referred to in the draft” (Body of Work) narrows the results from 37 to 1.
Clicking on the “Show All” button will give you a very long list of every item in BP-KID, which you can then export into an Excel file. You can sort the list by title, type, publisher or author – just remember that you can’t search within the abstract/summary this way.
On a related note, if you’re interested in finding other MDBA documents, head over to our Publications section.
Have you used BP-KID before? Or is this the first time you’ve heard about it? Let us know in the comments section.