Water Journal : Current Feb 2017
Groundwater UPTOATHIRDOFTHE WATER AUSTRALIA CONSUMES IS GROUNDWATER, BUT MANAGEMENT OF THIS PRECIOUS SUBTERRANEAN RESOURCE FACES MANY CHALLENGES: FRAGMENTED REGULATION, A LACK OF PLANNING AND THREATS FROM MINING. By Charley Rico Out of sight often means out of mind, and that has long been the case for Australia's groundwater. The only source of water in many communities, it also underpins vast amounts of agriculture and is responsible for billions of dollars in economic value each year. But when it comes to regulation and planning, it has been consistently overshadowed by more visible sources of water. With some exceptions, most regions of Australia have been significantly increasing their reliance on groundwater in recent decades. In the past 10 years, meanwhile, the body of research around groundwater has grown substantially, fuelling a greater understanding of the elaborate complexities of the system, as well as calls from scientists urging governments to step forward and start planning for sustainable groundwater use on a national scale. MEASURING STICK "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it" has been a touchstone of the water industry since the Millennium Drought, and the approach to groundwater is no different. A major driver of improving knowledge in this sector was the National Groundwater Action Plan (NGAP). "One of the critical NGAP results was an improvement of the access to data and collaboration between government and industry on collating national groundwater data," CSIRO Experimental Scientist Andrew Taylor said. Jurisdictional groundwater data across Australia is now available thanks to the Bureau of Meteorology's National Groundwater Information System and the Australian Groundwater Explorer.
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