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National Water Week

Great Artesian Basin Springs Survey

The department’s water science team is collecting information on the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) springs to answer key questions about groundwater and record its wildlife. The area supports endangered plant and animal communities and holds significant cultural values for many rural communities.

The water science team is studying the GAB springs water chemistry and characteristics to find out the age of the groundwater and where it has come from. They are also identifying and recording the local wildlife to show the ecological importance of the area. The information they gather will provide a baseline to track changes in the springs over time.

The research aligns with the national Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan and will help us to manage groundwater more effectively in the area. Knowledge gained from this research will inform future projects, such as the review of the Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2008. The work also aligns with the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative (GABSI) that delivers benefits to the environment and water users.

View more information on the Great Artesian Basin.

This initiative highlights a unique Australian groundwater ecosystem, although it is not a marine environment, it aligns with the spirit of the UN Global Goal 14 : Life Below Water.