Waterlines is a series of works commissioned by the National Water Commission on key water issues.
Assesses existing groundwater monitoring infrastructure in terms of age, technology, suitability of coverage, and baseline cost.
Sets out to increase our knowledge of the value of groundwater and to equip water planners and managers with a tool to factor in economic considerations when making decisions about resourcing and managing a groundwater resource.
Benchmarks current approaches to cost recovery for groundwater planning and management activities in Australia.
Encourages a more comprehensive, systematic and transparent consideration of the multiple benefits of aquatic systems in water planning.
Summarises the main findings from investigations at five regional demonstration sites and outlines the process involved in developing the new thematic palaeovalley map of arid and semi-arid Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Identifies several opportunities to progress and develop effective resource management and protection of Australia’s coastal aquifers through additional monitoring, research, stakeholder education and communication.
Provides a desktop assessment of groundwater/surface water connectivity across Australia.
Provides a summary of jurisdictional progress towards achieving the licensing and metering expectations of the National Water Initiative (NWI).
Highlights the development of updated guidelines that promote a consistent and sound approach to groundwater flow and solute transport models in Australia.
Describes how extraction regimes should be selected as part of the planning process by weighing up the benefits of extraction versus the risks associated with changes to water levels, pressures, recharge and discharge on both short and long term basis.
Describes the laboratory work and field testing undertaken during 2010 and 2011 to evaluate and further optimise a new ultra-thin product to form a film on the surface of the large water storages to reduce evaporation.
Provides a summary of the Sustainable Management of Coastal Groundwater Resources project and presents the key findings and conclusions from information gathered.
Provides guidance on the minimum data requirements (e.g. rainfall and land use data, bore networks) to adequately investigate groundwater systems with a low levels of use.
Presents a number of principles that jurisdictions may wish to consider in their ongoing efforts to better integrate water planning management arrangements in line with their NWI commitments.
Organises the key findings of the investigations around typical water planning steps so that the information is more accessible to water planners and managers