2011 – A case study of an initial Environmental Flows Assessment for an earth dam on a pristine stream in Cape York

G. Hadzilacos, ML. Ng, K. Taske, A. Small and B. Loney

Alteration of flow patterns by constructing a dam may have an irreversible impact on ecosystems depending on the timing, duration and frequency of these flows. As part of an Environmental Impact Study, carried out for a proposed mining operation in Australia that included an earth dam on a pristine ephemeral creek, an appropriate waterway management scheme was proposed that required the establishment of measurable instream flow requirements. This paper describes an environmental flow analysis (EFA) carried out to identify flow regimes that achieve the desired ecological outcomes for the affected waterways. The EFA methodology was based on the range-of-variability approach using a calibrated rainfall-runoff model to form the hydrologic basis. The study established a relationship between flow components and ecological variables based upon which the flow requirements were estimated using a simple methodology.

2011 – A case study of an initial Environmental Flows Assessment for an earth dam on a pristine stream in Cape York

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