A framework for Improving Water Management in the Lower Burdekin

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Bristow, Keith L; Charlesworth, PB; Narayan, KA; Stewart, LM; Cook, FJ; Hopmans, JW

Bristow, Keith L; Charlesworth, PB; Narayan, KA; Stewart, LM; Cook, FJ; Hopmans, JW


2003


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Modsim 2003 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Integrative Modelling of Biophysical, Social and Economic Systems for Resource Management Solutions


14-17 July 2003


Townsville, Australia


206-211


The lower Burdekin in tropical north Queensland is one of Australia’s premier irrigation districts with a reputation for producing some of the highest yields and highest quality sugarcane. Its success to date has been based on a favourable climatic and soil conditions and easy access to unlimited water. There is now increasing pressure within society to change the way water is valued, allocated, and managed, and within the lower Burdekin there are emerging questions about the long-term implications of current or changed management practices. 'Internal' drivers for change include salinity associated with rising water tables, concern about surface and groundwater quality, and threats of seawater intrusion. 'External' drivers for implementation of a) the Queensland Water Resource Plans and local Land and Water Management Plans and b) the Great Barrier Reef Protection Plan involving setting and meeting water quality targets. Addressing these issues and positioning the lower Burdekin for a viable and profitable future requires an integrated approach to water management. In this paper we discuss progress in developing a 'framework' to help integreate various research activities aimed at improving understanding and management of water and solute (salt, nutrient, agro-chemical) in the lower Burdekin. We highlight the key biophysical proceses involved and various modeling activities being undertaken to address surface and groundwater quality and salinisation processes associated with irrigation and seawater intrusion. We suggest that setting and meeting local and regional water table targets (both quantity and quality) could provide the key driver needed to ensure implementation of appropriate water and solute management strategies. Our paper also sets the scene for more detailed discussions of specific areas of work being carried out in the lower Burdekin. (author abstract)


Modelling and simulation society of Australia and New Zealand Inc.


Land and Water


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Bristow, Keith L; Charlesworth, PB; Narayan, KA; Stewart, LM; Cook, FJ; Hopmans, JW. A framework for Improving Water Management in the Lower Burdekin. In: CSIRO Land and Water and CRC for Sustainable Sugar Production; Departmenr LAWR University of California Davis (Hopmans), editor/s. Modsim 2003 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Integrative Modelling of Biophysical, Social and Economic Systems for Resource Management Solutions; 14-17 July 2003; Townsville, Australia. Modelling and simulation society of Australia and New Zealand Inc.; 2003. 206-211.



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