Water Journal : Water Journal April 2012
industry news NWC Releases Booklet on Groundwater The National Water Commission (NWC) has launched a new publication titled Groundwater Essentials. Groundwater makes up approximately 17per cent of Australia's accessible water resources and accounts for over 30 per cent of our total water consumption. Yet this precious resource is neither understood nor managed as well as it needs to be. Accordingly, in 2007 the NWC initiated a comprehensive $82 million National Groundwater Action Plan to invest in projects that improve our knowledge and understanding of groundwater. As part of that plan, the Commission has developed an accessible and easy to understand booklet that sets out everything readers need to know about groundwater, including: • Groundwater's place in the hydrological cycle; • The importance of groundwater; • The various uses of groundwater; • Surface/groundwater connectivity; • Risks to the groundwater resource. It also includes links to various water departments and authorities in each jurisdiction, as well as examples of how groundwater can be used for irrigation, potable supply, industrial use and stock and domestic use. The booklet is available to download from the NWC website at: www.nwc.gov.au Bureau Welcomes Queensland Floods Final Report The Bureau of Meteorology has welcomed the release of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry Final Report. Services Division Head, Dr Ray Canterford, said the Bureau has continued to strengthen its working relationships with state and local government authorities on a number of fronts, including improved information sharing during severe weather and flood events. "The extensive flood events of last year were tragic and unprecedented. The Bureau supports the thorough examination of these events through the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry," said Dr Canterford. "The Bureau's flood warning services represent a partnership with all levels of government. The Bureau will continue to assist Queensland state and local governments with its technical expertise in order to build more resilient flood warning services now, and into the future. The Bureau is actively contributing to a statewide review of river and flood monitoring networks, which is being led by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority. "The Bureau has established closer working relationships with local governments in their implementation of systems for localised flash flooding alerts. This includes improved river height and rainfall collection methods, to ensure capacity is being built at the local level. The Bureau has also expanded its network of several hundred 'storm spotters' in Queensland to tap into local knowledge and gather on-the-ground information during widespread severe weather and flood events.
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