The Federal Government has announced $8.56 million in funding from the Urban Waterways Renewal project to assist in improving water quality of the Swan and Canning Rivers.

"These projects will refurbish existing drainage lines and restore natural drainage features to improve water quality and environmental flows," Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water Senator Don Farrell said.

The construction phase will include the realignment of stream banks and riffle construction to reduce water velocity.

The Dow Chemical Company and The University of Queensland have unveiled a strategic partnership that will establish the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation.

Funded through a Dow contribution worth $10 million over the next six years, the newl Centre will pursue a program of research and collaboration aimed at harnessing solutions to the sustainability challenges of the 21st Century.

“This is a lighthouse initiative - hot-housing innovation at the urban energy, water and carbon nexus, which will attract international attention to the issues of sustainability and position Dow and UQ as leaders, achievers and contributors to society,” Dow Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Liveris said.

A pilot trial of the membrane distillation process demonstrated treatment of industry wastewater producing high quality water using minimal electricity.  

The Victorian Government has announced the reappointment of Llew Vale as chairman of Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) for another two years.

The South Australian Government has announced the immediate suspension of water trading with New South Wales to South Australia until the end of March to protect the state’s entitlement flow.

 

The suspension comes after the Victorian Government cut trade for the remainder of the 2011-12 water year from NSW.

 

Minister for Water and the River Murray Paul Caica said the Victorian and NSW suspensions demonstrate that when it comes to Murray-Darling Basin water the upstream states will always act in their own self-interest without regard to its broader impacts within the Basin.

 

“The trade suspensions announced by Victoria and New South Wales have forced the South Australian Government to suspend water allocation trade from New South Wales into South Australia from the close of business March 23 to March 31 inclusive,’’ he said.

 

“The Government will honour all trades that have been already lodged for processing between NSW and South Australia.

 

“While making this limited suspension of trade is unfortunate, taking no action could jeopardise SA’s entitlement flow for the 2012-13 water year – potentially leading to a reduction in water allocations for consumptive users and the environment.

 

The National Water Commission (NWC) has launched its Groundwater Essentials publication, aimed at promoting a greater understanding of one of the country’s vital sources of fresh water.

The Federal Greens have continued their push to expand existing environmental flows for the Murray-Darling draft plan to 4,000GL, describing the current 2,750 GL in the draft as an inadequate measure to maintain the long term viability of the river system.

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\"Since the draft plan was released in November, the Greens have been the only party which has consistently stood up for South Australians to demand it be improved,\" Greens\' water spokesperson and South Australian Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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\"All my fellow federal MPs from South Australia told a gathering in Canberra last week that they loved the Murray, but I don\'t hear them complaining about the reduced amount of 2,750 GL the draft plan will return to the environment.\"

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A new survey conducted for the Water Corporation’s Groundwater Replenishment Trial at Beenyup has found that three out of four people support moving to a full recycling scheme.

The National Water Commission has released three separate reports under its 2011 Assessment of the National Water Initiative, arguing for targeted investment in new knowledge and ongoing monitoring to support sustainable water management.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has been urged to review its draft basin plan following the breaking of drought conditions in much of the area.

The Western Australian Government has announced a $2 million major upgrade of Kojonup’s water supply pipeline, with over two kilometres of pipe being replaced along the Albany Highway.

A delegation of Chilean officials has visited Australia to seek advice on water resource management best practice.

The Victorian Government has announced a temporary suspension of some of the state’s allocation trade in a bid to protect next season’s allocations to Victorian water entitlement holders.

Victorian Water Minister Peter Walsh has announced that carryover rules for irrigators in northern Victoria will remain unchanged for the coming 2012-13 season.

The Federal Government has proposed to extend the National Water Commission and its ‘ongoing provision of robust and transparent oversight of COAG water reform through the National Water Initiative.”

Federal Water Minister Tony Burke has announced his department is working on providing vital funding to South Australian irrigators for key infrastructure upgrades.

The New South Wales Government has announced the completion of the $15 million upgrade to the Morpeth wastewater facility, which has significantly improved system improvement.

Australia’s land and oceans have continued to warm at unprecedented rates in response to the highest levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in the past 800,000 years.

Irrigators using centre pivot (CP) and lateral move (LM) irrigation systems are being urged to participate in a review aimed at identifying the benefits and limitations of their irrigation systems. 

The Tasmanian Water Minister Bryan Green has said his government is considering a proposal by Victorian company Docklands Science Park to construct a pipeline to export surplus water across the Bass Strait.

The United Nations (UN) has announced it has met its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing by half the number of people without access to safe drinking water has been met three years ahead of its 2015 deadline.

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