2004 – Adaptive Management of Desilting Operations for River Health Outcomes – a Case Study

Peter Campbell, Phil Papas, Matthew McDonald

Southern Hydro is a private dam owner generating electricity from ten power stations in Victoria and five power stations in New South Wales. Amongst its assets are the Kiewa and Rubicon schemes comprising a cascade of dams in state forests and national parks. To manage the passing of sediment during desilting operations of these schemes, Southern Hydro has implemented a biological and water quality monitoring programme. A working group has been established to coordinate this activity and provide feedback to the wider community.

The paper describes how Southern Hydro manages environmental risks during the desilting operations to ensure standards are met and the community is assured rivers in good environmental condition. It also describes how the Environmental Working Group that was potentially an unwieldily group of wide membership has become an effective working team.

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