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In May 2009 the Australian Government announced up to $77.4 million of funding for the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program (HNRRP), and I commenced work as Program Manager in June 2009. I concluded the HNRRP at the end of 2011, with the program exceeding its intended outcomes and finishing on time and under budget. The HNRRP has improved river health by making more water available for environmental ﬂows and reducing nutrient inputs to the river system.
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After just over two years of very intensive activity, the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program (HNRRP) is coming to an end, having successfully delivered its intended outcomes on time and under budget. The ﬁnal edition of HNRRP e-news reﬂects on some of the major achievements from the seven HNRRP projects and celebrates the great work that has been done to improve the health of the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment. The Hawkesbury-Nepean river system frames the western edge of the Sydney Basin and is one of New South Wales’ most important natural assets.
The last edition of HNRRP e-news discussed how the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program is meeting one of its key objectives – the prevention of an estimated 48.2 tonnes of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) entering the Hawkesbury-Nepean river system each year. In the June 2011 edition of HNRRP e-news we look at our other key objective – securing 7.24 gigalitres (billion litres) per year for additional environmental ﬂows in the Hawkesbury-Nepean river system. You can also read about the HNRRP projects and how they are progressing as the program nears completion.
The Hawkesbury Nepean River Recovery Program (HNRRP) aims to help improve the health of the river system by reducing the amount of nutrients entering the river system and making more water available for environmental ﬂows. The March 2011 issue of HNRRP e-news explores one of these important objectives, looking at how the HNRRP is working to prevent an estimated 48.2 tonnes of nutrients entering the river system each year and discussing how this will beneﬁt the river. You can also read about the start of works for the Hawkesbury City Council South Windsor Efﬂuent Reuse Scheme and some interesting insights into other HNRRP projects.
This Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC) forum provides participants with the opportunity to actively participate in workshops addressing key aspects of water knowledge:
Workshop participants will be able to pose questions, add their own insights and tailor the information so it can be used in their organisation. The workshops will be complemented by keynote presentations challenging participants with new research and thinking in water science and knowledge management. World Cafe facilitated sessions, a pizza night on the riverbank and plenty of time for discussion and catching up with other professionals make this an event not to miss. To find out more visit Sharing Water Knowledge Forum.
The National Water Commission has released the Australian environmental water management report 2010, which presents a comprehensive picture of Australia’s current environmental water management arrangements. Commissioner Chloe Munro said, ‘At a time when environmental water management is in the spotlight, this report will help build better understanding of the often complex concepts and management mechanisms involved.’ To find out more or download the report visit Environmental water management report 2010.
Comprising seven projects, the Hawkesbury Nepean River Recovery Program (HNRRP) aims to improve river health by making more water available for environmental flows and reducing nutrient inputs to the river system. The seven projects have come a long way since commencing last year. You can read about their progress in the HNRRP e-news December 2010.
The Community of Practice for Environmental Water Managers (CoP4EWM) has produced the Directory of Practical Tools for Environmental Water Managers – Version 1. This Directory has been built through contributions by members of the Community with the aim of producing a valuable resource for the whole Community. The directory is available to CoP4EWM members – to find out more visit Community of Practice for Environmental Water Managers.
On 2 December 2009, the NSW Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management (Climate Change) resolved to inquire into issues of sustainable water management with particular reference to climate change impacts and, in particular, to report on the following terms of reference:
The Final Report was tabled on 25 November 2010. To download the report visit Final Report, Sustainably managing water under climate change.
Managing our rivers has revolved around altering the movement of water – obviously through dams, extraction for irrigation, mining, water supplies, industry and water transfers and more cryptically when we consider groundwater use, virtual water, water sensitive urban design, water recycling and adjustments to environmental flows.
The 13th International Riversymposium (Perth 11-14 October 2010) will bring together a diverse audience for interactive and vibrant discussion. If you are interested in rivers, you can’t afford to miss it! Read the rest of this entry »
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