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Environmental Water and Ecohydraulics

Completed projects

 

 

Current Environmental Water and Ecohydraulics Projects

  • Lower Goulburn River Inter-Valley Transfer Assessment (2017 - Current)
    Project:
    Assessment and evaluation of approaches to optimising IVTs flow deliveries with least impact/greatest benefit for ecosystem functioning
    Client: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (Cottingham and Associates), VIC.

  • Sediment and seed deposition under river regulation (Current)
    Project: Field-based monitoring of sediment and seed deposition in the Goulburn River and relationships to flow operations.
    Client: Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder and Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

  • Western Sydney Regional Master Plan Waterway Assessment - South Creek Case Studies (2017 - Current)
    Project: Development of a method for Urban Streamflow Impact Assessment (USIA), relating urban development scenarios to stormwater controls and waterway values lost. Application to the South Creek catchment, Sydney (Sub-consultant to CTEnvironmental).
    Client: Sydney Water, NSW.

  • Lower Goulburn River Inter-Valley Transfer Assessment (2017 - Current)
    Project: Assessment and evaluation of approaches to optimising IVTs flow deliveries with least impact/greatest benefit for ecosystem functioning
    Client: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (Cottingham and Associates), VIC.

  • Flow retention for ecosystem services and the influence of flow - Environmental Watering Key Requirements (2017 - Current)
    Project: Development of a desktop and field-based approach to assessing flow retention relative to discharge to inform ecosystem functioning
    Client: Charles Sturt University, NSW.

  • Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project, Physical Habitat, Goulburn River (2013 - Current)
    Project: Ongoing monitoring of bank condition and physical habitat (hydraulic modelling) to assess the effectiveness of environmental water deliveries.
    Client: Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.

  • Waterway Risk Assessment, Aviators Field, Melbourne (Current)
    Project: Inform the development of drainage schemes for the Werribee Junction Precinct Structure Plan (PSP).
    Client: Melbourne Water

Completed Environmental Water and Ecohydraulics Projects

  • Key performance indicators for waterway works (2018)
    Project: Development of a framework for assessing performance of waterway works.
    Client: Melbourne Water (Sub-consultant to GHD), VIC.

  • Benefits of decommissioning Nicholson Dam (2018)
    Project: Determining the social, ecological, geomorphic and economic benefits of the removal of an on-line, former water-supply dam
    Client: Gippsland Water (Sub-consultant to Jenni Hale, Ecological Consulting), VIC.

  • Ecosystem Processes and Functions for Long Term Water Plans (2017)
    Project:  Technical input to the development of strategic water plans for NSW that recognise physical and ecological linkages
    Client: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW.

  • Investigation into the effects of channel obstructions on flooding (2017)
    Project:  Technical oversight and community engagement for hydraulic modelling and flood issues associated with an anabranch of the Ovens River, Myrtleford, VIC.
    Client: Alpine Shire Council, VIC.

  • Small Creek Channel and Naturalisation (2017)
    Project:  Geomorphic input to the inception of a plan for an urban creek naturalisation (National Landscape Award for Land Management, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects; Finalist, River Basin Management Society Awards)
    Client: Ipswich City Council (Sub-consultant to Bligh Tanner), QLD.

  • Wetland Inundation Assessment, Lower Goulburn Wetlands (2017)
    Project:  Assessment of the relationship between river flow and wetland inundation and values
    Client: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, VIC.

  • Victorian Snowy River environmental flows monitoring and assessment workshop (2014)
    Client: Department of Environment and Primary Industries

  • Mid Goulburn River flow study (2014)
    Project: Responsible for all aspects of geomorphic assessment and analysis and the development and operation of hydraulic models for the project team.
    Client: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.                                                                                                

  • Goulburn River Physical Habitat Monitoring and the effectiveness of environmental flows (2012-21014)
    Project: Two consecutive projects to develop, implement and analyse a monitoring program assessing the role of environmental flows in maintaining physical habitat (hydraulics and substrate condition).
    Client: Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.

  • Broken River Environmental Watering Plan (2013)
    Project: Development of recommendations for flow management under a modified regime to minimise the impact on the ecological condition of the Broken River.
    Client: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.                     

  • Lake Innes Environmental Assessment – Geomorphology, Draft for Public Exhibition (2013)
    Project:  A report on the assessment of the geomorphic attributes and condition of Lake Innes, NSW, and consideration of impacts of closure on both the Lake and estuarine system.
    Client: Jennifer Hale, Aquatic Ecology Consultant, for the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority. 

  • Guidelines for operation of River Murray System storages to examine and take account of possible effects (2010)
    Project: Development of guidelines to examine and take account of any possible environmental, geomorphic, water quality, and cultural heritage effects associated with exercising the MDBA’s powers or functions in regard to river operations.
    Client: Murray Darling Basin Authority.

  • Environmental flow studies as an expert panel member using FLOWS method (2002-2010)
    Projects:Health of the Thomson and Macalister Rivers (with Earth Tech).
    Client: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.        

  • Goulburn River Reach Evaluation Group, Murray Flows Assessment Tool (MFAT) 2003
    Project: Initial population and operation of the MFAT flow prioritisation model.
    Client: Goulburn River Reach Evaluation Group      

  • Thomson River flow scenarios 2003
    Project: Assistance given to Earth Tech, in conjunction with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, for the identification, prioritisation and reporting of flow scenarios for environmental allocation for the Thomson River.
    Client: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.   

  • Monitoring to inform management of the Thomson River Environmental Water Reserve – Physical Habitat Component (VEFMAP) (2009)
    Project: Identification of methods for ongoing monitoring of physical form and geomorphic processes occurring in the Thomson River.
    Client: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. 

  • Key ecosystem functions and their environmental water requirements – for the Murray Darling Basin (2009)
    Project: Responsible for the geomorphic categorisation of the Basin to take into consideration key ecosystem functions in all stream types.
    Client: Murray Darling Basin Authority.        

  • Scoping study for the development of National environmental water register and report (2009)
    Project: Review of nationwide legislation pertaining to the specification, management, delivery and monitoring of environmental water and an approach to developing a national report for reporting and evaluating environmental water use nationally.
    Client: National Water Commission.    

  • Environmental implications of applying sustainable diversion limits in changed flow regimes (2008)
    Project: Member of the expert panel responsible identifying the implications of the current sustainable diversion limit used across Victoria in light of climate change scenarios.
    Client: Department of Sustainability and Environment

  • Inundation characteristics of riparian vegetation (2008)
    Project: Hydraulic and hydrologic modelling of more than 20 stream sites around Victoria to assist with exotic vegetation colonisation trials related to inundation.
    Client: Department of Primary Industries.                           

  • Environmental water requirements for the Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia (2008)
    Project: Identification of geomorphic values and associated flow requirements for streams of the Mount Lofty Ranges.
    Client: South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Board                                                                                                           

  • Expert panel member for the environmental flow compliance tool development (2008)
    Project: Expert panel member providing advice to assist with the development of a tool which assists in identifying the compliance of environmental flow recommendations with a range of scenarios.
    Client: Department of Sustainability and Environment.   

  • River Murray icon wetland sites specific monitoring program (2004)
    Project: Panel member responsible for setting up a monitoring protocol to identify the hydrologic changes resulting from management intervention to improve wetland health (Sub-Consultant to the Murray Darling Basin Freshwater Research Centre).
    Client: Mallee Catchment Management Authority.                                                      

  • Thomson and Macalister River Environmental Flow Monitoring Program (2003)
    Project: Assistance with the development of an environmental monitoring program for the assessment of the health of the Thomson and Macalister Rivers (with Earth Tech).
    Client: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.                                         

  • Goulburn River Reach Evaluation Group, Murray Flows Assessment Tool (MFAT) (2003)
    Project: Initial population and operation of the MFAT flow prioritisation model.
    Client: Goulburn River Reach Evaluation Group                                                                                          

  • Thomson River flow scenarios (2003)
    Project: Assistance given to Earth Tech, in conjunction with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, for the identification, prioritisation and reporting of flow scenarios for environmental allocation for the Thomson River.
    Client: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.