Kangaloon Aquifer Issues

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Talk by Dr Emmett O’Loughlin 1 August 2006

Kangaloon Aquifer Water -- Now and Tomorrow

How much do we know about the Kangaloon aquifers? Where does the water in the aquifers come from? Where does it go? How long will it last? Answers to these questions will affect everyone who lives in the Southern Highlands, whether farmer, grazier, businesswoman, retiree, or weekender. Many local residents are concerned that withdrawing water from Kangaloon aquifers will reduce the water in existing bores and in dry-weather stream flows.

One person with a great deal of insight is catchment hydrologist Dr Emmett O’Loughlin. Dr O’Loughlin is a former Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO’s Division of Land and Water, and the Founding Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Catchment Hydrology. He will explain how the Kangaloon aquifers behave, to the extent that available information permits.

His main research areas are water balance in landscapes and how our activities effect water flows, availability and quality. He has developed the science to analyse the impacts on water caused by changes in vegetation cover such as land clearing and forestry.

He continues to advise Federal, State and Local government bodies on water-related issues, and as an expert witness has given evidence in many court cases including the proposed Kangaloon quarry extensions and the Mining Warden’s Inquiry into Wingecarribee peat mining. After the August 1998 collapse of the peat land he wrote a report on why it collapsed.

Dr. O’Loughlin’s talk is part of the NPA Southern Highlands’ program of bringing decision-makers and eminent scientists together on environmental issues affecting the Southern Highlands.

7.30-9.30 p.m. Tuesday 1 August, Wingecarribee Shire Council Theatrette, Donkin Avenue, Moss Vale. Refreshments. Gold coin donation appreciated.

For more information: Jim Foran 4885 1081/0428 851 081


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