The Goyder Institute for Water Research has begun an independent review of the science underpinning reductions to allocations in Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan (LLC WAP, 2013) to support the South East NRM Board. The SE NRM Board and the Goyder Institute commissioned the review at the request of the Minister for Environment and Water.
The LLC WAP requires reductions in water allocations to be made in the coming years in six out of the 61 unconfined groundwater management areas. This project will consider the science behind the policies that led to this management decision. It will make recommendations that can be considered in the upcoming re-run of the risk assessment set out in the LLC WAP which is due to be completed by 1 July 2019.
The Goyder Institute has brought together an expert panel chaired by Professor Craig Simmons (pictured) to conduct the science review. Professor Simmons is the Director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) at Flinders University and a leading groundwater academic who has been recognised for major national and international contributions to groundwater science and policy reform.
Other panel members include:
Professor Peter Cook (Flinders University), who is one of Australia’s foremost groundwater scientists and is internationally recognised for his research on groundwater recharge and surface water–groundwater interactions.
Dr Lu Zhang (CSIRO), who is recognised internationally for his research on catchment hydrology, ecohydrology, and vegetation impact on water balance.
Professor Andrew Boulton (Flinders University), who works with the National Centre of Groundwater Research and Training and is Adjunct Professor in Ecosystem Management at the University of New England. He has over 35 years of experience researching groundwater-dependent ecosystems, river ecology and water resource management.
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Source: The Goyder Institute