International River Symposium in Melbourne
After a busy week away without an NGT blog update, welcome back!
The International River Symposium I attended last week in Melbourne was a great opportunity to hear about some of the great projects that are underway to improve water management and restore rivers all over the world. While I didn’t come home with the prize for the River Management Young Achievers Award, I had a terrific time and am very grateful for the opportunity – so thanks to the International WaterCentre Alumni Network for their support of the Award. Also a hearty congratulations to the winners of this year’s Awards: Celine Steinfeld won the Young Achievers Award, the Condamine River won the Australian RiverPrize, and the Willamette River won the International RiverPrize.
Once the formal proceedings were over, I had the opportunity to see parts of the Yarra River and its catchment during the conference study tour hosted by Melbourne Water, and was a real eye opener to the complexities of managing an urban river. We visited Dight Falls, an upstream primary production zone and Maroondah Reservoir in a water catchment that supplies Melbourne.