Displaying items by tag: Southern Waters Consulting - Projects 2008

Ecological Flow determinations using DRIFT for three sites on the Nile River in central Sudan.  The EFs form an integral part of the ESIA for the proposed hydropower stations at Sabaloka, Dagash and Mograt.

The objectives of the Okavango Technical Diagnostic Analysis/EF component are to collate biophysical and social information for the basin into a integrated flow assessment tool, which will allow for the generation of future scenarios of water use and the implications for the rivers, delta and local people for use in water-related decision-making

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.

River Health and Environmental Flow data provision and advice related to the proposed Polihali Dam on the Senqu River.  Co-ordination of all downstream ecological activities, input to decision-making procedures, dam design adjustments and operating rules for the proposed dam.

The objectives of the Pangani Basin Baseline Flow Assessment (FA) Study were to generate baseline data of the condition of the Pangani River system against which the impact of water-related decision-making can be monitored in future; enhance the understanding of the relationship between flow, the river and people among PBWO and MWLD staff; create an awareness of the links between flow and the trade-offs that need to be made in water allocation; develop simple tools to help guide flow management and water allocations in the Pangani Basin; build capacity that will enable PWBO to act as a nucleus of expertise for FA-related work in other areas; support the National Water Policy (NAWAPO_2002) and the National Environmental Management Act (2004).  The project included the design and operation of the Pangani Flows DSS, which was used to assess various (at this stage 18) scenarios related to water resource development and provide information on hydrological, sector allocations, impacts on rivers, wetlands, lakes and the estuary, social impacts related to those impacts and various economic (direct) indicators, specifically those related to HEP, agriculture and ecosystem services

Project Leader and Editor:  Multi-authored book on the history of the management of Cape Town’s rivers, including options of future planning and management.

Freshwater specialist and advisor: A Feasibility Study and Pilot Project into the viability of the TMG Aquifer for bulk water supply to Cape Town, more particularly the deep confined portions of the Peninsula Formation.  Duties included evaluation of proposed well-field sites, design of a monitoring programme to assess future possible impacts of abstraction from the TMG aquifer on rivers and wetlands in the area and review of the subsequent monitoring activities, which have been outsourced.  This project is likely to continue into the future, to encompass establishment of pilot well-field and adaptive management of large-scale water abstraction for supply to Cape Town.

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.

Environmental Flow Specialist: Review of previous studies on environmental aquatic status (health) of the Incomati, Umbeluzi and Maputo Rivers and the Maputo Estuary. Estimation of estuarine flow requirements based on literature review and experiences from similar estuaries in Africa and overseas. Expert advice on aquatic ecology for the Environmental Screening of needed infrastructure to augment future water supply to the City of Maputo and its metropolitan area.

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