Can engineering save the Murray?

Pilby Creek on the Chowilla floodplain during summer.
Photos courtesy of Anne Jensen

Pilby Creek on the Chowilla floodplain during summer.
Photos courtesy of Anne Jensen

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

A free public forum at the University of Adelaide will tomorrow examine the controversial issue of engineering solutions to significant environmental damage being suffered by three key River Murray sites.

The forum - being hosted by the Water Research Centre of the University's Environment Institute - is part of an ongoing series known as "Water Wednesday".

This month's Water Wednesday on 21 October will focus on new and innovative approaches required to alleviate environmental damage in the absence of effective water flows in the river.

The three Murray icon sites in South Australia 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.

Guest presenters and their topics at the forum include:

Open discussion will also be a part of the forum.

This Water Wednesday forum is being held during National Water Week (18-24 October). The theme for 2009 is Securing our Water Future.

WHAT: Water Wednesday: Managing the Murray icon sites: can engineering save the environment?

WHERE: Lecture Theatre 102, Napier Building, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide

WHEN: 5.30pm-6.45pm Wednesday 21 October

COST: Free, but bookings essential. Email:
or phone Dr Anne Jensen: 0407 170 706


Contact Details

Dr Anne Jensen
Events Coordinator
Water Research Centre, Environment Institute
The University of Adelaide
Mobile: +61 407 170 706

Mr David Ellis
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5414
Mobile: +61 (0)421 612 762