A special forum presented by the Water
Research Centre of the University of Adelaide
'Managing the Murray icon sites: can engineering save the environment?'
The 3 Murray icon sites in SA are Chowilla, the mainstream, and the Coorong & Lower Lakes. Each of these icon sites identified in the Living Murray Program is suffering significant environmental damage, and the options for repair are limited by the lack of available water. New approaches are needed to find innovative alternatives as interim measures until flows can be increased to provide effective environmental flows. The role of engineering solutions in this context is controversial.
Chair: Prof Martin Lambert, University of Adelaide
• Options for the environmental future of the River Murray ecosystem in South Australia
Ms Judy Goode, Environmental Manager, SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board
• Potential benefits and impacts of the proposed Chowilla watering structure
Associate Professor Justin Brookes, University of Adelaide
• Future options for the Lower Lakes and Coorong
Dr Kane Aldridge, University of Adelaide
• Your Views: Open Discussion
National Water Week
The Water Wednesday forum is being held in National Water Week 18-24 October 2009. The theme for 2009 is Securing our Water Future. In the face of climate uncertainty, Australia needs to ensure that we have adequate, safe water supplies for critical human needs, but also for agriculture, and with sufficient water left for the environment. Key Messages of NWW for 2009 are:
• Water supplies are limited
• Our water comes from a number of different sources
• We all share water
• We're all responsible for our water future!