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Improved seasonality of flows

and system harmonisation

social component

Catherine Allan


risk averse society

denial

Incremental

change

Avoid ideas

that might

not work


Improved seasonality

of flows and system harmonisation

Big idea

Big changes

How can we do this on a risk averse society?

Pay attention to social aspects

Pilot


Get the science ‘right’

before taking it to the people

Work may be great but wasted

because of social rejection

Model 1

Involve ‘community’ fully

from the start

Premature alarm

Resource intense

Model 2

Put much effort into

science but periodically take

to community experts

Pragmatic compromise

Model 1.5


the pragmatic approach

2 workshops with irrigation ‘middlepeople’

Leeton

April 2005

Griffith

March 2006

  • criteria for assessing new projects

  • different options (concepts)

  • acceptability of different options

Hydraulic modelling

Economic modelling


  • Workshop participants

  • Colleambally Irrigation

  • Murray Irrigation

  • Murrumbidgee Irrigation

  • Ricegrowers Association

  • Murrumbidgee Horticultural Council

  • Water for Rivers

  • State Water

  • A few individual irrigators

  • DNR

  • MDBC

  • CSIRO

  • CRC IF


Draft criteria for assessing projects

Economic benefits

Social benefits

Environmental benefits

Improved water use efficiency

Demonstrate impacts on water availability

Significance

Sound stakeholder processes

Equity/fairness

Feasibility

Risk reduction

Identify costs/ cost minimisation


no net increased diversion from rivers

no net reduction in diversions from rivers


The project options presented

  • Cropping mix changes

  • Conjunctive use of ground and surface water

  • Manage evaporation

  • Water trading

  • On-route storage

  • Barrage barge

  • sell water as service


Initial thoughts on the options

conjunctive use of water

good support/ interest from all groups

on-route storage, managing evaporation and barrage barge

very popular with some groups

very unpopular with others

polarised

cropping mix and water trading

moderate support from all groups

Selling water as a service

little support from any group.


Worth pursuing

Baseline (current approach)

Market-based surface water demand reduction

Managed Accessible Recharge/Active SR Conjunctive water use

Worth pursuing

En-route storages

Worth pursuing, but others are on to it

Increased System efficiency/ increased end use efficiency?

Acceptance snapshot

Mixed (most doubtful)

Spreading demand with new cropping mix


Improved seasonality

of flows and system harmonisation

Big idea

Big changes

How can we do this on a risk averse society?

Pay attention to social aspects

Pilot


  • What did we learn about the pragmatic approach?

  • the value of involving non scientists from the start is useful

  • outweighs costs and efforts

  • Things to consider

  • who is involved?

  • power / influence must be negotiated

  • be prepared to hear negative

  • be prepared to learn rather than sell


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