Water research

Water research focuses on improving our capacity to sustainably allocate water resources, with the broad aim of protecting and managing water quality and quantity for community prosperity and healthy ecosystems.

Collaborations between scientists, managers and the community ensure water security for industrial, domestic and agricultural purposes as well as maintaining the health of rivers, streams and wetlands.

Water research is also necessary to underpin decision making in the policy area of Water Affecting Activities where permits are issued for activities such as dam or road construction or alterations to the natural course of a stream or wetland. To achieve these goals, DEWNR has developed successful partnerships with the Goyder Institute, CSIRO, SARDI, Flinders University, Adelaide University and the University of South Australia.