Archive for 2014

Victorian IAH Branch December Presentation and Christmas Function


Salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin: mirage or sleeping dragon?


The salinity threat posed to land and water resources in the Murray-Darling Basin was at the forefront of water policy and management initiatives throughout much of the second half of the 20th Century.  In response to the salinity threat, monitoring and works programs have been implemented by partner governments under the Basin Salinity Management Strategy (BSMS) 2001-2015 and its predecessor (the Salinity and Drainage Strategy 1988).  These programs and the transition to a drier climatic regime, has led to a substantial reduction in land and water salinization across the southern Basin. Looking beyond the life of the BSMS 2001-2015, implementation of the Basin Plan will substantially increase the flow regime in the river compared to the recent past. Hence further water quality improvements may be anticipated in the short term. On-the-other hand, the legacy of historic land use change may be yet to reach the river and hence poses a longer term threat to River Murray water salinity. Salt will always be a feature of the Australian landscape, but is it still the threat that was posed late in the last millennium? In light of uncertainty in climate and the future management of land and water resources, where to for Basin salinity management beyond 2015?


Greg Holland has been in the salinity game for over 25 years, having worked for state government, Goulburn-Murray Water, Murray-Darling Basin Commission and most recently, SKM and Jacobs.  He will bring his insight and domain knowledge to cover the recent history of salinity management across south eastern Australia and what could be in store for the future.

Date: Tuesday December 16 2014

Time: Drinks and nibbles from 5:30pm for a 6pm start, Christmas function to follow presentation

Location: Jacobs, Level 16, 452 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC

RSVP: Link will be in the reminder email or please email if you have not received this email


Victorian IAH Branch submission regarding the Victorian Water Bill Exposure Draft

Water Law Review

The Victorian Government is carrying out a comprehensive review of Victoria’s water laws to deliver a streamlined and effective legislative framework for water management and use in Victoria.

Water Minister Peter Walsh appointed an expert Advisory Panel with legal and water industry experience to oversee the review and make recommendations.

Water Bill Exposure Draft

Victorians have a chance to comment on proposed changes to the state’s water laws.

Victoria has two main Acts that govern the management and use of water – the Water Act 1989 and the Water Industry Act 1994.

The Water Bill Exposure Draft (the Exposure Draft) proposes to bring these Acts into a single new streamlined Water Act.

The Exposure Draft has been prepared for public exposure and comment. It reflects contemporary practice in water management and government policy.

Key proposals

  • Enables the delivery of the Victorian Government’s Living Victoria policy and Melbourne’s Water Future Strategy;
  • Consolidates in one place the water management arrangements for a particular area, which will help improve understanding of these arrangements;
  • Targets processes for identifying and managing long-term risks to water resources so they are more efficient;
  • Clarifies and simplifies processes for licences and water shares;
  • Clearly defines the functions of water corporations and catchment management authorities;
  • Enhances and modernises the compliance and enforcement regime with more alternatives to court action and new penalties that are in line with the nature of the offences.


The Victorian IAH Branch has provided comment on the Victorian Government Water Bill Exposure Draft, which can be accessed here.

For further information of the proposed changes, follow the link below to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries website:

IAH/AIG 2014 Fieldtrip: Ballarat Area

AIG and IAH invite you to attend this year’s joint field trip to be held on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November 2014. The trip will examine aspects of the hydrogeology, geology and mine and municipal water management in the Ballarat area. There will be a combination of all four topics on each day and an early morning tour on Saturday morning for early birds and those who stay overnight in Ballarat. The guide on the tour will be Mr Phillip Kinghorn (Independent Geological Contractor).

Proposed Itinerary

Friday 28th November

9:30 Meet bus at Ballarat Railway Station (for those who come by train)

9:50 Meet bus at Warrenheip (for those who come by car)

10:00 – 12:00 Black Hill Lookout – local geology

Norman Street Cutting (walk around)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch (central Ballarat)

13:00 – 15:00 CGT Ballarat Gold Project Tailings dams, stormwater dissipation dams etc

15:00 – 16:00 Gnar Creek Retention Basin, Ring Road Groundwater Wellfield (urban supply).

16:30 Bus returns to Ballarat Railway Station in time for 17:15 coach service to Melbourne

17:00 Bus returns to Warrenheip

Saturday 29th November

7:00 – 9:00 Gong Reservoir (for those who stay overnight)

8:35 Meet bus at Ballarat Railway Station (for those who come by train)

8:50 Meet bus at Warrenheip (for those who come by car)

9:00 – 12:00 Imery’s Mine and Lal Lal Falls

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch (Buninyong)

13:00 – 16:00 Mt Buninyong Lookout

Redan Wetlands

16:30 Bus returns to Ballarat Railway Station in time for 17:06 train to Melbourne

17:00 Bus returns to Warrenheip


AIG/IAH member

Single Day / Both Days

$44.00 / $66.00


Single Day / Both Days

$55.00 / $77.00

To register follow this link

An information flyer can be found aig-iah_fieldtrip-2014_flyer_01_v4


NCGRT Field Methods School – IAH Members 10% discount applies

This three-day course will review and provide participants with hands-on experience in a selection of common and novel techniques used to monitor and characterise groundwater systems. Short presentations and reading material will provide a theoretical background, after which the techniques will be applied in a series of informative, practical field trips.

The course will cover:
• monitoring well construction
• surface geophysics
• borehole geophysics
• aquifer pumping and slug tests
• surface water gauging
• well pumping and geochemical sampling

Lectures, demonstrations and tutorials are given by leading groundwater professionals. Our presenters are experienced hydrogeologists and specialists in both public and private practice, from industry, universities and research agencies.

Professor Peter Cook, Professor of Hydrogeology at Flinders University and Senior Research Scientist with CSIRO

Dr Glenn Harrington, Director and Principal Hydrogeologist

Dr Eddie Banks, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University

For more infromation or to register click here

Australian Groundwater Conference 2015

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The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training and the Australian Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists are joining forces to deliver the Australian Groundwater Conference in Canberra in November 2015. We are looking forward to welcoming groundwater researchers, industry professionals and policy development specialists to this exciting event.

We are strongly committed to delivering a conference that enables delegates to examine the multi-dimensional challenges affecting the sustainable management of Australia’s groundwater resources in an innovative and engaging manner. We also want to create opportunities for delegates to share their experiences, inform best practice, and identify the steps they can take to bring about lasting improvements in the management of Australia’s vital groundwater resources.

We therefore want to involve you, as a potential delegate, in the development of the conference program. We are particularly keen to hear your views on the essential issues that you think the conference should address and how the key problems should be framed. We would also welcome any suggestions that you may have regarding speakers, workshops, discussion panels so that every delegate leaves the conference inspired with new ideas and equipped with techniques that can be readily applied in their professional environment.

All suggestions will be considered by the conference organising committee, with the conference themes announced on the conference website on 17th December 2014 and the call for abstracts opening on 2nd March 2015.

We hope that you will seize the opportunity to help develop the Australian Groundwater Conference from the ground up and will submit your ideas via an online survey by clicking this link. Please note that this survey will be available up until the 12th of November 2014.

Best wishes,

Australian Groundwater Conference Organising Committee

IAH-NSW November Meeting

IAH-NSW proudly presents Professor David K. Kreamer (Uiversity of Nevada, Las Vegas). Professor Kreamer is also the Vice President of North America, International Association of Hydrogeologists and President of Universities Council on Water Resources. His presentation will spring preservation.

The springs in Grand Canyon National Park are the focus of wildlife in an arid environment, Native American religious cultural traditions, recreational enthusiasts, and can be vulnerable to the impacts of both municipal development outside the park boundaries, and industrial development, particularly mining activities. Spring flow in the Grand Canyon is controlled by geological structure and stratigraphy, and waters can be dated and tracked using environmental tracers. Use of traditional environmental groundwater tracers in the Canyon will be discussed, as well as less often used parameters, such as trace elements in the sub-parts per trillion range, and uranium isotope disequilibrium. The results of this work give resource managers basic data to address concerns of visitor traffic, land use, and future development. For more information on the talk and the venueclick here.


Prof David Kreamer: Preserving Springs in the Grand Canyon National Park

IAH NSW is pleased to announce that Professor David K. Kreamer from University of Nevada, Las Vegas will be present a technical talk in Sydney on 11 November at 5:30pm.

Preserving Springs in the Grand Canyon National Park, USA – Tracking Groundwater Geochemically

This talk will detail the use of traditional environmental groundwater tracers in the Grand Canyon, as well as less often used parameters, such as trace elements in the sub-parts per trillion range, and uranium isotope disequilibrium.

For further details please refer to the flyer.

To add this event to your calender click here.

Western Australian AGM 2014 and Student Night

Wednesday 19 November 2014

5:30 socialising, 6:00 pm program start

FMG Training Rooms, Level 3, 87 Plain Street corner of Adelaide Terrace and Plain Street.

The Western Australian Chapter will hold their Annual General Meeting and the 2014 Student Night at a new location at Fortescue Metals Group (full directions below).

This is an important opportunity for you to get involved and become a committee member for 2015. Last year’s committee, and nominations for 2015 are shown below.  Note that you can nominate yourself (or a friend, with their permission) for ANY position on the board. The position descriptions are shown on a separate page. Fill out the nomination form and BRING IT ALONG or mail it to the Secretary Mariajose Romero-Segura. You can also get a form on the night (and even a pen).

We will also be going out to dinner afterwards as a group to Joe’s Oriental Diner.  Please let Mariajose Romero-Segura if you’d like to join the fun so we can reserve tables.


Current Officer



Chairperson – State Liaison Grant Bolton Ian Brandes de Roos Grant Bolton
Vice Chairperson Ian Brandes de Roos Mariajose Romero-Segura Ian Brandes de Roos
Secretary Mariajose Romero-Segura Mariajose Romero-Segura
Treasurer Peter de Broekert  Peter de Broekert
Meetings Secretary Todd Hodgkin Todd Hodgkin
Ministerial  Liaison Keith Brown Keith Brown
Education Representative Ryan Vogwill Ryan Vogwill
Media Liaison Robin Smith Ryan Vogwill Robin Smith
Membership Champion Mariajose Romero-Segura Mariajose Romero-Segura
Presenter Coordinator Geoff Pettifer, Pauline Amez-Droz Pauline Amez-Droz Geoff Pettifer
Seminar Coordinator Geoff Pettifer, Pauline Amez-Droz Geoff Pettifer Pauline Amez-Droz
Sponsorship Champion Bradley van Blomestein Bradley van Blomestein
Newsletter Champion Keith Brown Keith Brown
Newsletter Assistant Melissa Nyga Melissa Nyga
Web Champion Eduardo de Sousa Eduardo de Sousa
Web Assistant John Enkelmann and Lynn Reid Lynn Reid and John Enkelmann
State Liaison Philip Commander Grant Bolton Philip Commander
ECHN Champion Rachel Wroe Rachel Wroe
Student Champion Gemma Bloomfield Gemma Bloomfield

Student Night

Presentations will follow the brief AGM.  Three hydrogeology students will present their research and vie for a monetary prize.

  • Daniel HearnUWA Honours Degree: Source, fate and mobility of groundwater nutriends, metals/metaloids, and organic wastewater contaminants in the unconfined Broome Aquifer.
  • Evan Heazlewood – Curtin University Honours Degree: Analytical techniques employed to gauge the redox conditions in a shallow aquifer; a comparison of ion selective electrode (ISE) analysis versus ion chromatography (IC)
  • Malinda Kay – UWA MSc Student: Hydrogeology of the North Gnangara Groundwater System

Getting to FMG:

To reach the training rooms, enter FMG’s main entrance on the corner of Adelaide Terrace and Plain Street. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor.

–There are bus stops in each direction just outside FMG on Adelaide Terrace. It is within the Free Transit Zone, so all buses to/from the city are free.

— There is ample City of Perth paid parking just around the corner on Plain Street, towards the river. There is also parking underneath FMG/Hyatt for those who don’t want to walk a block., and valet parking is available.

— There is a public taxi stand located at the Hyatt next door.

Thirty-five years of groundwater modelling: from regional aquifer systems, to impacts of mining, CSG and nuclear testing

Dr Lloyd Townley – Principal Environmental and Water Engineer, CDM Smith, Perth WA

Whenever we need to predict the behaviour of hydrogeological systems, at almost any scale, there are few alternatives to modelling.  Modelling has limitations, but modelling provides a framework for integrating what we know and for testing hypotheses. Modelling allows us to predict the behaviour of systems when they are stressed significantly more or differently than in the past.

In this seminar, we will skim the history of groundwater modelling, in the context of the evolution of hardware and software, trends in education and training, and the demands of end users (clients, regulators and the community). Examples will be drawn from the presenter’s personal experiences simulating regional groundwater systems (e.g. the Perth Urban Water Balance Study in the mid 80s), systematically exploring the nature of lake-aquifer interaction, predicting the consequences of underground nuclear testing (at Mururoa), and working with the mining and CSG industries.

Observations will be made about the role and reputation of modelling, and about what might be needed for our industry to do better in the future.

About the speaker

Lloyd Townley is a civil and environmental engineer, with degrees from the University of Sydney, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT) and the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). Lloyd has worked as an academic (UWA), as a research scientist (CSIRO), as a consultant (SMEC, Townley & Associates, NTEC Environmental Technology, CDM Smith), as an entrepreneur in web-based technologies (Biz E Community, Ubicalcs) and in the mining industry (Mineral Sands, Rio Tinto). He has worked for clients in Government and industry, with and on behalf of community consultative committees, and as a member of Panels and Commissions of Inquiry.

Lloyd is known as a “groundwater modeller”, as the developer of AQUIFEM-1, AQUIFEM-N and AQUIFEM-P (starting before the release of MODFLOW and FEFLOW), and as a researcher in three areas:  model calibration and prediction uncertainty, surface water – groundwater interaction, and the response of aquifers to periodic forcing. For more than 20 years he has worked with the mining industry, in mine site rehabilitation research, leading the preparation of EISs, in integrated mine water management, and in mine automation (Mine of the FutureTM).  A common theme in his work has been the desire to predict the behaviour of uncertain hydrological systems.

Come Join Us

11th November 2014

URS Corp

Level 6, 1 Southbank Boulevard,

Southbank, Melbourne

5:30 pm

IAH-NSW Student Night 2014

Another October and another exciting night for young students to share their work with all. This year, we have two, very impressive presentations by Sarah Taylor, PhD student from the University of Sydney, and Juan Carlos Castilla, PhD student form UNSW.

Sarah will present a talk titled A hydrogeochemical study of shallow saline groundwater in south west Sydney’ Shallow saline groundwater occurs throughout western Sydney and is associated with the Wianamatta Shales. The salinity is frequently attributed to the marine environment in which the shale was deposited, though it has also been suggested that a modern oceanic source is morelikely.

Juan, will present a talk titled Simulating complex human-aquifer interactions in managed groundwater systems using agent-based models’ Humans interact with groundwater in complex ways, which lead to conflicts over its appropriation and the health of groundwater-dependent ecosystems. These conflicts are usually long-lasting and can be difficult to settle. These complex interactions also pose several challenges for developing meaningful tools (e.g. groundwater models) for decision-support and basin-scale aquifer management. Also see Juan’s poster on human-aquifer interactions in managed groundwater systems.

The meeting is, as usual, at PB offices. Be there at 5:30 pm for refreshments and enjoy the presentations starting at 6:00pm. For more information on the talks and the venue click here.