Publications & Reports

2020

Brooks, S. (2020). Murray–Darling Basin Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project 2018–19 Basin-scale evaluation of Commonwealth environmental water — Ecosystem Diversity. Report prepared for the Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by La Trobe University, Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems. Publication 248, May 2020, 54pp. Report (4MB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

Hale, J., Bond, N., Brooks, S., Capon, S., Grace, M., Guarino, F., James, C., King, A., McPhan, L., Mynott, J., Stewardson M.J. and Thurgate, N. (2020). Murray–Darling Basin Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project 2018–19 Basin-scale evaluation of Commonwealth environmental water — Basin Synthesis. Report prepared for the Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by La Trobe University, Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems. Publication 252, May 2020, 59pp. Report (3MB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

Hale, J., Bond, N. and Brooks, S. (2020). Murray–Darling Basin Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project 2018–19 Basin-scale evaluation of Commonwealth environmental water — Biodiversity. Report prepared for the Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by La Trobe University, Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems, Publication 252 May 2020. 76pp Report (5MB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

2019

Brooks, S. (2019). Waterway Types of Victoria’s Priority Environmental Assets in the Murray-Darling Basin. Report prepared for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria and Mallee Catchment Management Authority, Victoria. 19pp.

Brooks, S. (2019). 2017–18 Basin-scale evaluation of Commonwealth environmental water – Ecosystem Diversity. Final Report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by La Trobe University. Publication 234/2019, September, 44pp. Report (2MB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

Brooks, S. (2019). Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project Basin Matter – Ecosystem Diversity foundation report - revision 2019. Final Report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, La Trobe University. Publication 205/2018, 11pp. Report (822kB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

Gawne, B., Hale, J., Stewardson, M.J., Webb, J.A., Ryder, D.S., Brooks, S.S., Campbell, C., Capon, S.J., Everingham, P., Grace, M.R., Guarino, F. and Stoffels, R.J. (2019). Monitoring of environmental flow outcomes in a large river basin: The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder's long-term intervention in the Murray–Darling Basin, Australia. River Research and Applications. 2019: 1– 15. doi.org/10.1002/rra.3504

Hale, J. and Brooks, S. (2019). Gippsland Lakes Seagrass Monitoring Framework. A report to the East Gippsland CMA, Bairnsdale.

Hale, J. and Brooks, S. (2019). Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar Site: Buffer baseline and change since listing. Report to the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Colac, Victoria.

Hale, J., Bond, N., Brooks, S., Campbell, C., Capon, S., Grace, M., Guarino, F., King, A., Mynott, J., Stewardson, M. and Thurgate N. (2019). 2017–18 Basin-scale evaluation of Commonwealth environmental water – Synthesis Report. Final report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by La Trobe University. Publication 238/2019, November, 52 pp. Report (2MB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

Stuart, I., Fanson, B., Lyon, J., Stocks, J., Brooks, S., Norris, A., Thwaites, L., Beitzel, M., Hutchison, M., Ye, Q., Koehn, J. Bennett, A. (2019). A national carp biomass estimate for Australia. Unpublished Client Report for the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Heidelberg, Victoria. Report (14MB) Link to Carp biomass project summary Project summary

Todd, C.R., Koehn, J.D., Brown, T.R., Fanson, B., Brooks, S. and Stuart, I. (2019). Modelling Carp Biomass: Estimates for the Year 2023. Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Deakin West, ACT. Report (3MB) Link to Carp biomass project summary Project summary

2018

Brooks, S. (2018). Baseline vegetation cover on the Merbein floodplain to support change assessment. Report prepared for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria and Mallee Catchment Management Authority, Victoria.

Brooks, S. (2018). Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Wetland Ramsar Site Boundary Description. Technical report for the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Adelaide.

Brooks, S. (2018). 2016–17 Basin-scale evaluation of Commonwealth environmental water – Ecosystem Diversity. Final Report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by La Trobe University. Publication 190/2018, September, 40pp. Report (3MB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

Brooks, S. and Wealands, S. (2018). Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project: Data Standard. Report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre. MDFRC Publication 29.3/2013 Revised September 2018, 29pp. Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

Butcher, R. and Brooks, S. (2018). National extent and threats to the Karst Rising Springs of Southeast South Australia ecological community. Report for the Department of Environment and Energy, Canberra.

Gawne B., Capon S.J., Hale J., Brooks S.S., Campbell C., Stewardson M.J., Grace M.R., Stoffels R.J., Guarino F. and Everingham P. (2018). Different Conceptualizations of River Basins to Inform Management of Environmental Flows. Front. Environ. Sci. 6:111. Journal Paper (840kB)

Hale, J., Bond, N., Brooks, S., Capon, S., Grace, M., Guarino, F., Mynott, J., Stoffels, R. and Stewardson, M., (2018). 2016–17 Basin-scale evaluation of Commonwealth environmental water – Synthesis Report. Final report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by La Trobe University. Publication 194/2018. Report (3MB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

Hale, J., Brooks, S., Dickson, M. and Wealands, S. (2018). Ramsar MERI Framework: Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement for Victoria’s Ramsar Sites, Report to DELWP, Melbourne, Victoria.

Hale, R., Brooks, S., Crowther, D. and Papas, P. 2018. Riparian and Aquatic Health Monitoring Program Years 1-3:  Southwest slopes of NSW. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research Technical Report. Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning. Heidelberg, Victoria.

2017

Brooks, S. (2017). 2015–16 Basin-scale evaluation of Commonwealth environmental water – Ecosystem Diversity. Final Report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by The Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre. MDFRC Publication 144/2017, May, 45pp. Report (3MB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

Brooks, S. (2017). Classification of aquatic ecosystems in the Murray-Darling Basin: 2017 update. Report to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Canberra. Link to ANAE classification project summary ANAE Project summary

Brooks, S., Hale, R. and Morrongiello, J. (2017). South West Slopes native vegetation restoration audit and evaluation project. Report for Murray Local Land Services, Albury.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (2017). Ecological Character Description for Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay Ramsar Site. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, East Melbourne, Victoria. (Authors Butcher, R., Hale, J., Brooks, S. and Cottingham, P.) ECD (7MB)

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (2017). Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay Ramsar Site Boundary Description. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. East Melbourne, Victoria. (Author Brooks, S) Boundary Description (4MB)

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (2017). Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay Ramsar Site Management Plan. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, East Melbourne, Victoria. (Authors Butcher, R., Hale, J., Brooks, S. and Cottingham, P.) RMP (2MB)

Gawne B., Hale J., Brooks S., Campbell C., Capon S., Everingham P., Grace M., Guarino F., Stoffels R. and Stewardson M. (2017). 2015–16 Basin-scale evaluation of Commonwealth environmental water – Synthesis Report. Final report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by The Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre. MDFRC Publication 141/2017, October, 47 pp. Report (3MB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

2016

Brooks, S. and Hale, J (2016). Long Term Sites Project Discussion Paper: Towards a Business Case. Report prepared for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. East Melbourne, Victoria.

Brooks, S. (2016). 2014-15 Basin-scale evaluation of Commonwealth environmental water – Ecosystem Diversity. Final Report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by The Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre, MDFRC Publication 106/2016, May, 50pp. Report (2MB)

Brooks, S. (2016). Assessing the need to update the Interim Australian National Aquatic Ecosystems (ANAE) Classification in the Murray-Darling Basin. Report to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Canberra. Link to ANAE classification project summary ANAE Project summary

Brooks, S. and Madden, C. (2016). Environmental Water Contribution to Ecosystem Functions and Resilience in the Wimmera River. Report to Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Horsham, Victoria. 40pp. Report (8MB) Link to Wimmera River resilience project summary Project summary

Gawne, B., Hale, J., Brooks, S., Campbell, C., Capon, S., Everingham, P., Grace, M., Guarino, E., Stoffels, R., Stewardson, M., (2016). 2014–15 Basin-scale Evaluation of Commonwealth Environmental Water — Synthesis Report. Final report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by The Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre, MDFRC Publication 103/2016. Report (2MB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

Hale, J. and Brooks, S. (2016). Prioritising Environmental Issues for Development of the New Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan, Report to Melbourne Water, Melbourne, Australia

Hale, J. Brooks, S. and Butcher, R. (2016). Renewal of Western Port Ramsar site Management Plan. Report to Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning, Melbourne, Victoria.

2015

Brooks, S., Hale, R., Reich, P., Crowther, D., Lake, P.S. and Morris, K. (2015). Monitoring Outcomes from Murray Local Land Services Riparian Interventions: Plan and Year 1 Pilot. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research Technical Report. Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning. Heidelberg, Victoria. Report (3MB)

Butcher, R., Hale, J. and Brooks, S. (2015). A guide to the management of Ramsar wetlands in Victoria. Prepared for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria.

Hale, J. and Brooks, S. (2015). Port Phillip Bay Environmental Risk Assessment, Report to Melbourne Water.

Hale, J. And Brooks, S. (2015). Desktop Review of Victoria’s Marine Values, A report to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria.

Morris, K., Brooks, S., Reich, P. and Hale, R. (2015). Riparian Intervention Monitoring Program. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research Technical Report for Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Heidelberg, Victoria.

2014

Brooks S., Cottingham P., Butcher R. and Hale J. (2014). Murray-Darling Basin aquatic ecosystem classification: Stage 2 report. Peter Cottingham & Associates report to the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Canberra. Report (6MB) Link to ANAE classification project summary ANAE Project summary

Brooks, S. and Wealands, S., (2014). Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project: Data Standard. Report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre. MDFRC Publication 29.3/2013 Revised Jan 2014, 29pp.

Bruce, M., Brooks, S. and Reich, P. (2014). Victorian Environmental Partnerships Program: Threatened species monitoring, evaluation and reporting. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research. Unpublished Client Report for DEPI, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Heidelberg, Victoria.

Butcher, R. and Brooks, S. (2014). Management triggers for the Coorong, and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Wetland Ramsar site. Prepared for the South Australia Department of Water and Natural Resources, Adelaide.

Cottingham P., Butcher R., Hale J., Brooks S. and Olszak C. (2014). Scoping study of Murray Darling Basin environmental monitoring and evaluation integration opportunities. Peter Cottingham & Associates report to the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

Hale J, Stoffels R, Butcher R, Shackleton M, Brooks S, Gawne B, Stewardson M (2014). Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project – Standard Methods. Final Report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, MDFRC Publication 29.2/2014, January, 175 pp. Report (5MB)

2013

Brooks, S., Reich, P. and Morris, K., (2013). Conceptual models to support riparian monitoring, evaluation and reporting. Report for the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria.

Brooks, S. and Wealands, S. (2013). Functional Requirements for LTIM Data Management. Report prepared for the the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria.Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre.

Brooks, S. and Lyth, J. (2013). Victorian estuary information website and Estuary Entrance Management Support System (EEMSS) online.  Online interactive decision support system for the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria.

Butcher, R, Brooks, S., Higham, J., Quinn, R. and O’Connor, J. (2013). Update of Ecological Character Description for the Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Wetland Ramsar site. Prepared for the South Australian Government, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Butcher, R., Hale, J. and Brooks, S. (2013). Environmental values assessment of surface water aquatic ecosystems in the South East South Australia: trial of the High Ecological Value Aquatic Ecosystems (HEVAE) Framework. Report prepared for the SE NRM Board, Naracoorte, South Australia.

Duncan, D., Morris, K., Reich, P., Brooks, S., Chua, J. and Marwood, S. (2013). Exploring integration of management impact models for wetlands, riparian zones and terrestrial vegetation in Victoria: a discussion paper. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research Unpublished Client Report for the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Heidelberg, Victoria.

Gawne, B., Brooks, S., Butcher, R., Cottingham, P., Everingham, P., Hale, J., Nielson, D., Stewardson, M. and Stoffels, R. (2013). Long Term Intervention Monitoring Logic and Rationale Document Final Report prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office by The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, MDFRC Publication 01/2013, May, 109pp. Report (2MB) Link to LTIM project summary LTIM Project summary

Gawne, B., Brooks, S., Butcher, R.J., Cottingham, P., Everingham, P. and Hale, J. (2013). Draft Lower Lachlan River watering area LTIM requirements for monitoring of Commonwealth environmental water. Prepared for Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Canberra.

Gawne, B., Brooks, S., Butcher, R.J., Cottingham, P., Everingham, P. and Hale, J. (2013). Draft Murrumbidgee River watering area: LTIM requirements for monitoring of Commonwealth environmental water. Prepared for Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Canberra.

2012

Brooks, S. and Reich, P. (2012). The DSE Works Monitoring Method Trial Review and Recommendations. Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne.

Brooks, S. and Butcher, R. (2012). Wimmera River catchment macroinvertebrate monitoring program: 2011-2012 sampling program. Report to Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Horsham, Victoria.

Cottingham, P., Brooks, S., Butcher, R. and Hale, J. (2012). Murray-Darling Basin aquatic ecosystem classification: Stage 1 report. Peter Cottingham & Associates report to the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Canberra.

2011

Brooks, S., Hale, R, Reich, P, Crook, D, King, A and Lake, P.S. (2011). Murray CMA Riverine Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) framework. Report for the Murray Catchment Management Authority, NSW, Australia.

Butcher, R. and Brooks, S., (2011). Macroinvertebrate monitoring in the Wimmera basin, 2010-2011. Report to Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Horsham Victoria.

Hale, R., Brooks, S., Reich, P., Lake, P.S., Crook, D. and King, A. (2011). Review of Ecological Indicators for MERI Program Performance. Report for the Murray Catchment Management Authority, NSW, Australia.

Hale, J. and Brooks, S. (2011). Trialling the guidelines for the delineation of High Ecological Value Aquatic Ecosystems (HEVAE) in the Lake Eyre Basin (LEB), report to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra. Case Study published 2012 (35MB)

2010 and earlier

Brooks, S. and Butcher, R. (2010). Wimmera River catchment macroinvertebrate monitoring program: 2009-2010. Report to Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Horsham, Victoria.

Butcher, R., Brooks, S., Cottingham, P., Hale, J., Lee Long, W. and Watkins, D. (2010). Ramsar Rolling Review: Development and pilot testing a tool for reporting on the status of ecological character of Australia’s Ramsar estate. Report to the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra.Butcher, R.J., Cottingham, P., Hale, J. and Brooks, S. (2009). Wetlands strategy for the South East NRM Region of South Australia.

Brooks, S.S. and Lake, P.S. (2007). River restoration in Victoria, Australia: Change is in the wind, and none too soon. Restoration Ecology 15: 584-591. doi.org/10.1111/j.1526-100X.2007.00253.x

Bernhardt, E.S., Palmer, M.A., Allan, J.D., Alexander G., Brooks, S., Carr, J. Dahm, C., Follstad-Shah, J., Galat, D., Gloss, S., Goodwin, P., Hart, D., Hassett, B., Jenkinson, R., Katz, R., Kondolf, G.M., Lake, P.S., Lave, R, Meyer, J.L., O'Donnell, K.L., Pagano, L., Powell, B. and E. Sudduth. (2005). Synthesizing U.S. River Restoration. Science. 308: 636-637. doi.org/10.1126/science.1109769

Palmer, M.A., E.S. Bernhardt, J.D. Allen, P.S. Lake, G. Alexander, S. Brooks, J. Carr, S. Clayton, C.N. Dahm, J. Follstad Shah, D.L. Galat, S. Gloss, P. Goodwin, D.D. Hart, B. Hassett, R. Jenkinson, K.M. Kondolf, R. Lave, J.L. Meyer, T.K. O'Donnell, L. Pagano, E. Sudduth. (2005). Standards for ecologically successful river restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology. 42: 208-217. Journal Paper (132kB)

Brooks S.S., Lake P.S., Bernhardt E., Palmer M.A. and Allan J.D. (2005). Coming to grips with the science of stream restoration. Watershed, 35: 19-21. Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology, Canberra.

Cardinale, B.J., Palmer, M.A., Ives, A.R. and Brooks, S.S. (2005). Diversity-productivity relationships in streams vary as a function of the natural disturbance regime. Ecology 86: 716-726. Journal Paper (429kB)

Strayer, D.L., R.E. Beighley, L.C. Thompson, S.S. Brooks, C. Nilsson, G. Pinay and R.J. Naiman. (2003). Effects of land-cover change on stream ecosystems: roles of empirical models and scaling issues. Ecosystems 6: 407-423. doi.org/10.1007/PL00021506

Brooks, S.S., MA. Palmer, C. Swan, B. Cardinale and S. Ribblett (2002). Assessing stream ecosystem rehabilitation: limitations of community structure data. Restoration Ecology 10: 156-168. doi.org/10.1046/j.1526-100X.2002.10117.x

Cardinale, B.J., M.A. Palmer, C.M. Swan, S.S. Brooks and N.L. Poff (2002). The influence of substrate habitat heterogeneity on biofilm metabolism in a stream ecosystem. Ecology 83: 412-422. doi.org/10.1890/0012-9658(2002)083[0412:TIOSHO]2.0.CO;2

Palmer M.A., Moglen G.E., Bockstael N.E., Brooks S.S., Pizzuto J.E., Wiegand C. and VanNess K. (2002). The ecological consequences of changing land use for running waters: the suburban Maryland case. Yale Bulletin of Environmental Science 107: 85-113.

Brooks, S.S. and Lake, P.S. (1998). Impacts of hydrological disturbance on stream communities. Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corp. Special Report #2 Project UMO23. Report (526kB)

Brooks, S.S. (1997). The impact of rapid artificial flow fluctuations: Review and commentary. Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corp. Special Report.#1 UMO23.

CRCFE. (1996). Scientists get bug-eyed over flow needs for upland  rivers. Watershed Dec 1996. pg4-5. Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology, Canberra. Watershed (pg 4-5) (279kB)

Brooks, S.S. (1994). An efficient and quantitative aquatic benthos sampler for use in diverse habitats with variable flow regimes. Hydrobiologia 281: 123-128. doi.org/10.1007/BF00006441

Brooks, S.S. and Boulton, A.J. (1991). Recolonisation dynamics of benthic macroinvertebrates after artificial and natural disturbances in an Australian temporary stream. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 42: 295-308. doi.org/10.1071/MF9910295

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