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Native Aquatic Plants 

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.

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 

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 


The information has been assembled from sources from a number of years ago, 

but which 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.


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