Provision of environmental flow information to pre-feasibility and feasibility studies of surface water developments to augment the supply of water to Cape Town.  Joint Venture with Ninham Shand and Kwezi V3.

Environmental Water Requirement determinations for a suite of coastal rivers (Moordkuils, Groot Brak, Maalgate, Gwaing, Kaaimans, Goukamma and Noetsie) two estuaries and groundwater in the Outeniqua region of SA, with a strong capacity-building component.  The project has been extended to include design of integration methods for river, estuary, wetlands and groundwater reserve assessments, information provision for the Classification Process and guidelines for implementation.

Ecological Team Leader: The WRCS, which is required by the SA National Water Act (No. 36 of 1998), is a set of guidelines and procedures for determining the desired characteristics of a water resource, and is represented by a Management Class (MC). The MC outlines those attributes that the custodian (DWAF) and society require of different water resources. The WRCS is to be used in a consultative process to classify water resources to help facilitate a balance between protection and use of the nation’s water resources. The economic, social and ecological implications of choosing a MC will need to be established and communicated to all Interested and Affected Parties during the Classification Process.  The outcome of a Classification Process  using the WRCS is a target Health class for every significant water resource in a basin, plus a monitoring programme for evaluating future management of the basin.  The WRCS is currently undergoing the Gazetting Process for incorporation into South Africa’s water law.

Project Manager: A project to develop a protocol for selection of reference and monitoring sites for the National Biomonitoring Programme.  Responsibilities included: organisation and co-ordination of a national workshop involving 21 river scientists, chairing workshop sessions, production of the proceedings of the workshop, technical design and decision making, production of a report on reference and monitoring site selection, presentations to the scientific community.  The National Biomonitoring Programme has now been running successfully for almost decade.

Reserve Specialist: Three-year study that aims to lead to the implementation of one or more previously identified interventions for water supply to urban centres in the Western Cape.

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Reviewer and EWR Advisor:  This study objective is to recommend a comprehensive Ecological Water Requirement (EWR), for water quality and quantity, for various reaches of the Komati River.

Reviewer of South African River Health Programme Reports in various river systems, including Olifants-Doring River, rivers of the Gourtiz Water Management Area, rivers of Cape Town and the Berg River.

Project Leader: A project conducted in close liaison with Interested and Affected Parties to assess the water resource developments proposed in the Western Cape System Analysis in terms of the following:  the conservation status (habitat integrity), relative rehabilitation potential and relative ecological importance, within a regional context, of the rivers on which they are situated; the potential impacts of inundation on vegetation and fish; the viability of the projected yields of each scheme, from an environmental perspective and with respect to the needs of the downstream riverine ecosystems, taking into account their relative ecological importance.

Ecological specialist: Phase 1 of the Palmiet Catchment Management Plan (PCMP) had the following objectives: to identify and source existing information on the Palmiet River catchment that could be used to inform the PCMP; to summarise the nature of the existing information; to assess the reliability of the existing information and its applicability to the PCMP; to determine additional information required for the PCMP; to recommend actions required to gather the additional information; to provide a work programme and a cost estimate for the collection of the additional information.

Compiler and Specialist Input: Responsibilities included: attendance at the workshop and production of the proceedings, liaison with the specialists.

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