The River Murray Operations Branch recently won the Environmental Impact Award at the Water Industry Alliance’s Smart Water Awards.
The branch won the award for its project titled ‘Community, science, environmental water and innovative river operations bring life to the Coorong and Lower Lakes’, which carefully managed draw-down and refill of the Lower Lakes and the delivery of environmental water via the barrages.
A range of ecological objectives were achieved including enhanced migratory wading bird habitat and aquatic vegetation germination in the Lower Lakes, successful spawning and recruitment of Coorong black bream populations, and migration of pouched lamprey.
The River Murray Operations Branch attributes the success of the project to strong partnerships and collaboration between DEW, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, SARDI Aquatic Sciences, SA Water and Coorong commercial fishery, and the support received from the community and scientific reference groups.
The Smart Water Awards were announced at a celebration at the Adelaide Convention Centre at the start of July.
DEW’s Major Projects Branch was also a finalist for the Environmental Impact Award.
*Project Officer Kirsty Wedge, Icon Site Coordinator Adrienne Rumbelow, Environmental Water Principal Project Officer Rebecca Turner and Acting Chief Executive John Schutz at the ceremony