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AWE is at the cutting edge of understanding and quantifying relationships between groundwater and surface water management and changes in vegetation health. We understand that water is a precious resource and floodplain management strategies should aim to make the best use of environmental water.

Our experience is demonstrated through our involvement in a number of innovative projects in the Murray-Darling Basin including Responsive Management of Saline Groundwater Schemes, the South Australian Riverland Floodplain Integrated Infrastructure  (SARFIIP) Project and The Living Murray Pilot Project.

Additionally, AWE incorporated strategies for groundwater manipulation to address the causes of vegetation health decline as well as river salinity, as a value add to the design of the Saline Groundwater Management Schemes, at a time when ecological benefits were not being widely considered.

Our capabilities include the design of management infrastructure, design and implementation of monitoring programs, the development of conceptual models and assessment frameworks and assessment of salinity risks from proposed management actions.

Further reading


  • South Australian Riverland Floodplain Integrated Infrastructure Program (SARFIIP)

    The SARFIIP program aims to develop floodplain infrastructure that will address the continuing decline in ecosystem health and deliver improved ecological outcomes for floodplains along the Lower River Murray in South Australia.  The major focus of the proposed management actions for these sites is the...

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  • The Living Murray Pilot Project

    The Bookpurnong Living Murray Pilot Project is the best example to date, anywhere, of the application of groundwater pumping to deliver ecological benefits in the Murray-Darling Basin. For the Pilot Project, AWE provided a range of detailed hypotheses to be tested, supported by detailed sampling...

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Our experts

  • Andrew Telfer

    Director / Senior Principal Hydrogeologist

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  • Alison Charles

    Senior Hydrogeologist

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