The Darwin Harbour water quality protection plan

Darwin Harbour is a pristine environment that is of high value to the community. However,with rapid urban expansion and industrial growth occurring in the catchment the estuary the Darwin Harbour Water Quality Protection Plan (WQPP) was initiated to ensure that water quality objectives are maintained and that community’s values for waterways are protected.

As part of the WQPP, the Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport engaged ANU to develop an integrated decision support system (DSS) to help improve understanding of the effect of urban and catchment development and management on water quality in the catchment and the harbour, and to assist the negotiation of the WQPP.

Timeline

January 2011 to November 2012

Partnerships

This project was funded by the Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport and the Australian Government’s ‘Caring for our Country’ program.

The Water Quality Protection Plan for Darwin Harbour was managed by the Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport, and involved representatives from government, industry, landholder and research organisations as well as members of the community. 

Dr Tony Weber (WBM-BMT) (http://au.linkedin.com/in/tonyrweber)
Tony is the National Practice Leader - Water Quality at BMT WBM Pty Ltd. He leads the team responsible for the development of the catchment and urban water quality models for the Darwin Harbour. He has continuing relationship with iCAM though other water quality projects and his role with the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ).

Dr Rebecca Kelly (rebecca@isnrm.com.auhttp://www.isnrm.com.au/)
Rebecca leads the team responsible for the development of the CAPER DSS for Darwin Harbour. After leaving the ANU in 2008, she started isNRM Pty Ltd to provide advice on natural resource assessment and management issues to policy, community or other decision-making audiences. She continues to work closely with iCAM staff.

Dr David Williams (AIMS)
David is a senior research scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. He is responsible for estuary water quality modelling, using the the Darwin Harbour Receiving Water Quality Model.

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