Farm Water Field Day


Date: 27 April 2019

Location: “Murnong” Inverleigh

Regarded as one of the best events our Group has ever organised, Josh Walter, Manager of Murnong Farm, hosted the BHLG April Field Day on farm water sources and conservation. There was considerable interest from the 30 strong audience and the five speakers were first class – they knew their stuff and related well to the audience.

Clem Sturmfels from AgVic talked mainly about the mechanics and pitfalls of building and maintaining farm dams. He emphasised the depth of dams to reduce water temperature and minimise evaporation plus the slope of the dam walls to reduce erosion and improve compaction to prevent seepage.

Angus Ramsay of Southern Rural Water explained the complexities of allocating and licensing river and ground water.

Josh Walter’s explanation of his farming operations interested a range of critters.

Tony Byrne of the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority spoke about the importance of maintaining natural waterways and the impact dam building in gullies, which may affect water flow downstream.

Clem Sturmfels discusses the results of his tests on soil suitability for dam construction.

Jim Seager, Vice-President of BHLG, spoke about the economics of alternative water sources such as solar pumping, town water and tankers. and Deidre Murphy from “Waterwatch” discussed the chemical and biological parameters used to measure the health of stored and running water.