Native plants of watercourses

A fundamental problem

The inland rivers and watercourses of South Australia are largely the forgotten part of the landscape, perhaps because they are dry for most of the time, perhaps because they are assigned a utilitarian purpose - a drain for the conveyance of urban and agricultural runoff, and a place to graze stock - or perhaps because the scale of the problem of reparation (for that is what is needed) is so huge that it is overwhelming.

It need not, and should not, be that way. The inland rivers and watercourses deserve much greater appreciation and a greater emphasis on their restoration.

A permanent pool on the Wakefield River south of Auburn 

Many rural towns and settlements in South Australia have been historically located on or near watercourses, which have then been highly modified to fit into the urban context. Modern-day attempts at “restoration” have resulted in cosmetic outcomes that have had little, if any,  attention to riparian restoration.

Watercourses emerging from hilly land have also been highly modified as a result of land clearance and agricultural activities. This is a historic issue that has yet to be targeted on a state-wide scale.

Let's start with riparian restoration


Native Plants Of Watercourses In South Australia 

Native Aquatic Plants of SA

This booklet has been assembled from information about native aquatic plants associated with rivers and watercourses in South Australia, to help with their identification, and to inform about how to improve the condition of inland rivers and watercourses, whether they flow through towns or through the general landscape. 

The information has been compiled from sources dating back a number of years ago. These sources are now difficult to find in the public domain.

This booklet will be continually updated as more information is assembled. It is intended for community groups, property owners, natural resources organisations, and individuals involved in environmental rehabilitation.

A permanent wetland on the Wakefield River. Note the condition of the surrounding landscape.

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