This monograph follows an investigation of the
distribution and significance of stream turbidity in
the state of Victoria, Australia; specifically
exploring its significance in the regional,
historical, cultural and geographic context.
To make effective judgements of water availability
managers of water resources need to know the
significance of measured natural resource condition,
not only in the local context but, importantly, in
the regional context.
Measured levels of turbidity in Victoria should be
interpreted within the context of a unique history
and geography. The spread of European colonisation
and the introduction of massive land use change to
the Victorian landscape have meant that current
levels of turbidity reflect the effects of large
scale intervention with its controlling systems.
This work makes the argument that ecologically
sustainable management means that resources must be
considered in a more inclusive spatial and temporal
Dr Dale Watson (BA Dip.Ed. PhD) is a specialist in the use of
Geographic Information Systems as tools for environmental
decision making. He has significant experience in strategic
natural resource planning and the integration of landscape scale
water quality models.