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Catchment Management

     This network aims to create opportunities for sharing and evolving knowledge to progress the field of Catchment Management across Australia.  Through doing this we build cohesive collegial networks and aim to develop leading edge practices that foster collaboration and integration together with other areas of the water sector and across Australia. 


     What is Catchment Management? 

    Catchment management, and in particular Integrated Catchment Management (ICM), has the objective of improving and integrating the management of land, water and related biological resources in order to achieve the sustainable and balanced use of these resources. 

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    ICM is the involvement of agencies, stakeholders and general public in policy making, planning, and management to promote sustainable use of natural resources and protect and improve the quality and quantity of water and the environment the water originates from. 


    One way to achieve the objectives of ICM is through the adoption of uniform principles that are flexible enough to develop management programs adapted to local conditions. The adoption of uniform national principles would facilitate a comprehensive audit and evaluation of catchment management programs, and modifications to be devised and implemented. At present there are no consistent national standards for catchment management across all states and territories.

    For more information, see our ACTION PLAN  

    Want to join the Catchment Management Specialist Network?

    If you or a colleague would like to keep updated on the latest developments and events in Catchment Management, then join us! To join this network you must be an AWA member. 








    Ozwater'15 - Call For Papers
     Closing 28 August 2014 

    AWA is calling for abstract submissions for Australia's international water conference and exhibition - Ozwater'15. The overall theme for the event is 'Water for Growth and Prosperity", with key sub-themes in:  

    • Technology, Operations and Asset Management, 
    • Governance, Regulation and Structure, 
    • Water for Rural, Remote and Regional Communities, 
    • Water for Agriculture, Food and Beverages, 
    • Water for Mining, Resources and Power,  
    • The Customer and Community, and 
    • Liveable Cities. 

    Submissions close 28 August - don't miss your chance to share your ideas, research, or initiative, and the opportunity to collaboratively encourage innovation and professional development.


    Visit to find out more and submit your abstract. 




    April 2014

    Latest newsletter is out now!


    Highlights include:

    • News
      • NSW agency merger
      • Colorado River back to life
      • NSW infrastructure spending
      • Keeping cows out of rivers
      • Coordinating SEQ catchments
    • Reports
      • Water Sensitive Farm Design Pollution Treatment Systems
      • UK Catchment Project
      • Mississippi River Basin Inititative 

    Members should have a copy in their inbox and can also access it HERE. If you'd like to receive future issues either:



    Tuesday 15 July, 0845-1700, Melbourne

    Objective: Building understanding between land managers, catchment
    management authorities and water corporations on how catchment
    management delivers water quality benefits.

    AWA’s Victorian Branch and Catchment Management Specialist Network have
    organised this seminar to build linkages between all parties with responsibilities for improving catchment management. Many agencies undertake proactive management strategies to improve the quality of catchments but are there ways to achieve efficiency of effort and still achieve the desired outcome?
    Our aim is to promote cooperation between natural resource managers and water corporations to identify and achieve common goals of improved water quality and catchment sustainability. The aim of this seminar is to link managers of natural resources with managers of water supply systems to establish networks of communication and to identify mutually synergistic goals and actions for the benefit of catchments.

    • The state of catchments and the challenges ahead
    • Demonstrating and quantifying land use impacts on water quality
    • Setting priorities and managing risks
    • Catchment management toolkit
    • Water quality monitoring
    To register click hereRegistrations close 8 July

    Members $180
    Non-Members $230

    To find out when our next event is being held, please contact the network committee


     More AWA events can be found here



    Got any ideas for our network?  We are driven by our member's interests, so why not send us an email and let's see what we can do!      



    We are driven by our member's interests. If you have any ideas for a project this network could work on to advance Catchment Management, just send us an email and let's see what we can do!    


    If you would like to contribute to this section, please email us for more information.