Groundwater news and information
Trial of satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) to monitor subsidence along the Gippsland Coast
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries commissioned the University of NSW to undertake a study using InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) technology and three different analysis techniques to identify and measure subsidence in the Gippsland Basin. Read more.
New water asset identification tool
Victoria received $1,500,000 from the Australian government to help populate an access database of water assets. The project brings together, for the first time in Victoria, a spatial database of water asset information, including rivers, wetlands, and aquifer information. The Australian government proposes to use the database as an input to their bioregional assessment program of coal seam gas and coal mining activities. Read more.
March 2014 - State Observation Bore Network review
The Victorian State Observation Bore Network (SOBN) provides water level and water quality data which is used to manage the groundwater resources of Victoria.
The SOBN comprises over 2800 monitoring bores across the state including some very old bores and a number which have quite limited value for the monitoring of groundwater resources.
Recently a review of the SOBN was conducted to ensure that the network was operating efficiently and effectively. The review has highlighted the bores in the network which should be either decommissioned or refurbished (repaired).
Works for this year will involve refurbishing 10 bores and decommissioning a further 12 bores. The refurbishing works will ensure that key monitoring bores are in good condition and providing accurate data.
The decommissioning works will remove the hazard posed by aging bores and eliminate the costs associated with maintaining and monitoring old bores that are not providing useful data.
Current works (2015/16)
DELWP will carry out works on 22 state observation bores in the Glenelg, Portland, Hopkins-Corangamite, Otway-Torquay, and West Port Phillip catchments in the first half of 2016.
Work to be conducted
Period of work*
Borehole Refurbishment or Decommissioning Works
Drilling rig and support vehicles located at the bore sites. Expected duration is between 2 weeks per bore. A Traffic Management Plan and an Environmental Management Plan will be in place for each site.
* Please note work dates and task durations may vary
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