The presence of potentially harmful cyanobacteria and nuisance algae in natural and constructed water bodies, and within treatment plants, is an increasing problem faced by managers at Melbourne Water across its extensive catchment.
Harmful algal blooms impact multiple waterways, water bodies and bays around Melbourne each year, and appear to be growing more frequent due to climate change. These blooms affect the operation and design of many diverse Melbourne Water assets, and require the allocation of significant time and resources for effective communication with stakeholders and the public.
The Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science-Practice Partnership is a multi-party initiative between the UNSW Global Water Institute, the University of Newcastle, the Walter Eliza and Hall Institute of Medical Research, Polytechnique Montréal and Melbourne Water, seeking to more effectively manage these blooms by introducing smart surveillance and evidence-based, cost-effective policy and asset design for the benefit of the Melbourne region.
Official NHASP Launch
The Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science-Practice Partnership was launched in Melbourne on Thursday 12 October and in Sydney on Friday 20 October. Both launches were well attended by water stakeholders from Sydney, Melbourne and throughout Australia, as people gathered to learn about the innovative NHASP and meet all those involved.