Water Journal : Water Journal April 2011
awa news regular features 46 APRIL 2011 water process. However this project demonstrated that with good communication, coupled with a recognition of the opportunity presented to us and our ability to react, we could take swift action. Assistance with required on-ground works to enable water to flow into the wetland, such as temporarily breaching a channel bank, was not possible without the assistance of supportive landholders and contractors. I'm pleased to say the project was conducted successfully and completed in December 2010. The event has helped fill in some knowledge gaps and the information generated will be used to guide how best to proceed in the rehabilitation of the Gol Gol wetlands. The aspect that I like most about the project is that, despite the project having many and varied obstacles, it was still able to be successfully conducted thanks to the collective willingness and cooperation from community members and Government staff. People power is a tremendous thing! What is your relationship with your community? Do your environmental water management efforts involve and interest people in the community? Our watering team has a good rapport with the community, as a result of working closely with many private landholders. Within the Murray Valley, DECCW supports the Environmental Water Advisory Group (EWAG), which is comprised of community members, independent scientists and government agencies. The Group helps guide the management of environmental water in the Murray Valley and Lower Darling. In addition, a lot of the project areas which receive water are areas that have been nominated by the community, so yes, there is a lot of interest. What is the legislative context within which you work? As DECCW is a government agency we need to adhere to the rules and regulations of the following legislation: Water Management Act 1912 & 2000, Native Vegetation Act 2003, Threatened Species Conservation Act 1999, Fisheries Management Act 1994, NPW Act 1974 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Water Sharing Plans, Ramsar Convention and International Migratory Bird Agreements (China and Japan), NSW State Plan, NSW Wetland Policy. AWA supports Environmental Water Managers through the Community of Practice for Environmental Water Managers (CoP4EWM). What has the CoP4EWM done to support your professional development? It has helped to expand my network of people I can contact to discuss ideas and approaches with. I was part of the working group that developed the recent CoP4EWM seminar in Sydney, 'Improving Environmental Water Management in NSW -- New Tools and Monitoring Approaches'. This attracted over 60 professionals who shared information on new tools developed to support environmental management decisions and their application to scenarios in NSW. Environmental Water Management is an emerging discipline in the water sector. The Community of Practice for Environmental Water Managers (CoP4EWM) has over 350 members nationally who collaborate and share information through events, resources, direct contact and a members' website at www. cop4ewm.com.au. The CoP4EWM project is sponsored by the National Water Commission and is being delivered by AWA. For further information on the Community of Practice for Environmental Water Managers go to: www.cop4ewm.com.au or contact Ann Hinchliffe at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on (02) 9467 8418. From mid-2011, the Community of Practice for Environmental Water Managers will transition to a Specialist Network of AWA. When it comes to H2O, the choice is clear A Member of The Linde Group At BOC, we understand the knowledge, expertise and processes needed to successfully work in the water industry. And we're proud to play an important role. To fnd out more, visit your local Gas & Gear retail outlet, www.boc.com.au, or call 131 262. BOC Limited Riverside Corporate Park, 10 Julius Avenue, North Ryde, NSW 2113 Australia email@example.com BOC is a trading name of BOC Limited, a member of The Linde Group. © BOC Limited 2011. MP11-0134/MA/AWAJ/0311 Paula D'Santos undertakes water quality monitoring at Lake Gol Gol earlier this year.
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