Clearfell Logging in the Otway Forested Catchments - Water Yield and Water Quality Issues Otway Ranges Environment Network
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Community Concern: Otway Hydrology Reference Group
  • The State Government eventually followed through with an election commitment to conduct further hydrology research. In June 2000, the Minister appointed the Otway Forest Hydrology Reference Group (OFHRG). OFHRG was made up of community stakeholder groups that included:
    • local Government (five Shires)
    • conservation groups (three)
    • water authorities (three)
    • native hardwood industry representatives (five)
    • plantations industry; and
    • DNRE
  • The overall aim of the hydrology study was to investigate the impact logging has on water yield and quality. The Terms of Reference for the hydrology research required a two stage approach to research. Stage One was a desktop study to look at existing data with an aim to establish trends and find information gaps. Stage Two was a longer term research project designed to fill in information gaps determined by Stage One. Stage Two was never started.


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