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OECD report on agricultural GW management

The OECD recently published a comprehensive report on agricultural groundwater use management. The report provides a characterization of the diversity of groundwater systems, assesses the advantages and drawbacks of a large range of management instruments to address groundwater depletion and environmental externalities, reviews policies in OECD countries and proposes a package of recommendations to ensure that groundwater can sustain its services to agriculture and contribute to climate change adaptation.

It is accompanied by 16 country profiles, providing specific information on agricultural groundwater use and management instruments at the national and/or regional level.

Both can be accessed at

GDE management – GAB springs

IAH NSW is pleased to announce that Fabienne d’Hautefeuille, Senior Hydrogeologist at Cardno, will be present a technical talk in Sydney on 14 April. Please arrive at 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start.


This talk will discuss the Joint Industry Plan for the Monitoring and Protection of EPBC Springs in the Surat/Bowen Basin that was approved in late 2013.

For further details please refer to the flyer

To add this event to your calender click here

Registration Open! – Water Management for Shale and Tight Gas Resources – IAH Western Australia Annual Seminar


It is with great pleasure that we announce the early-bird registrations for the 2015 Seminar – Water Management for Shale and Tight Gas Resources are now open!!! This seminar will be held on June, 8-9 at the Parmelia Hilton in the Perth CBD.

Program, more information and registration details can be found at

Co-convened by the Western Australia branches of IAH, SPE and ASEG

IAH Submission – Victoria Water Law Review

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

National Water Commission warns of stressed groundwater systems

Cover page of NWC water stress report
A new report by the National Water Commission defines the concept of ‘water stress’ in groundwater or surface water system.  It describes a nationally consistent method for measuring water stress, as an indicator of potentially overused surface water and groundwater system.  Catchments and aquifers with high levels of stress are identified, and the report discusses whether these systems have water management mechanisms in place to potentially reduce the stress.

The report shows that “despite public focus on the Murray-Darling Basin, the causes of water stress are not confined to the impacts of irrigated agriculture.” Continue Reading →

Licensing exemption for monitoring wells

A modified approach to licensing requirements for monitoring wells (bores) will reduce administrative red tape, lower costs and support industry and development in Western Australia.

Under existing legislation, the construction and/or alteration of all monitoring wells must be licensed, however, the legislation also allows for the Governor to make an exemption from the licensing requirements.

The exemption applies to non-artesian wells that are to be used solely to monitor water levels and/or water quality. Artesian monitoring wells remain subject to licensing requirements. Continue Reading →

Groundwater Regulation and Mining in Victoria

Once a mineral resource has been identified considerations turn to technical constraints, economic feasibility and environmental and regulatory approvals to advance the project. Extractive industries often encounter groundwater as one of the significant issues that need to be addressed due to technical, environmental and regulatory reasons.

Over the last 10 years there has been a much greater focus on groundwater management issues and there have been significant developments in the policies and management approaches applied.Victoria’s groundwater use is licensed, monitored, metered and accounted for.  Apart from domestic and stock extraction these management tools apply to all uses of groundwater. In addition to these key functionsVictoriais developing a new management framework, policies to assist with the consideration of groundwater dependent ecosystems and developing licensing guidance in respect of new technologies such as managed aquifer recharge, in-situ desalination systems, geothermal extraction and will be looking at the interface of coal seam methane extraction with the Water Act 1989. Continue Reading →