Annual entitlement for the Condamine floodplain irrigators – is it really working?

Dafny, Elad (2015) Annual entitlement for the Condamine floodplain irrigators – is it really working? In: 2nd Australian Cotton Research Conference 2015: Science Securing Cotton's Future, 8-10 Sept 2015, Toowoomba, Australia.


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Rigorous analysis of monitoring bores hydrographs demonstrates that since 2008 the water table in the central part of the Condamine Floodplain has stabilized, ending several decades of a consistent decline in groundwater levels. It seems that the stabilization is a result of the 2007 revised water pumping restrictions scheme in the Condamine Groundwater Management Area (CGMA). Prior to 2007, water allocations were set only at the heart of the ‘cotton land’, between Pampas and Macalister, where the focal of groundwater drawdowns was observed. However, this measure had no noticeable impact on groundwater levels. From that year onward, water allocations were also set at the peripheral parts of the CGMA, including the southern part (‘sub-area 4’). In this area, groundwater from the upper alluvial valleys, as well as large parts of the basaltic ridges, merge and flow laterally toward the central alluvial aquifer. In other words, pumping reduction in the southern area resulted in an increase in the lateral flow toward the central area, which act to compensate and prevent further drawdowns. These observations emphasis the need in integral water management for the entire floodplain, including target values for sustainable yield for different zones within the basin. Further monitoring and modelling could assist this task.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
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Additional Information: Abstract only published in Proceedings. Copyright 2015 author. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2016 23:49
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 03:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: groundwater; Condamine ; water allocations; annual entitlements
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040603 Hydrogeology
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960913 Water Allocation and Quantification
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960608 Rural Water Evaluation (incl. Water Quality)
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