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Read about our latest surface water science work by our resident scientists.

Brewarrina fish traps on the Barwon River in Brewarrina, NSW.
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In September 2023, the Surface Water Science team installed monitoring equipment and collected data in the weir pools of the Darling-Baaka River to understand how flow velocities effect thermal and dissolved oxygen stratification.

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The department has used the latest research from the University of New England to develop water requirements for the endangered Bell’s turtle.

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Our latest research prioritises flow-dependent stream frog species that can be used to monitor the environmental outcomes of water management rules and policies aimed at protecting flowing habitats.

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The Murray Darling Basin Authority has recently published the NSW 2020 reports on environmental outcomes at the asset scale (Matter 8) and progress towards water quality targets (Matter 12).

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The Surface Water Science team are developing new environmental DNA techniques for monitoring the Giant dragonfly to help protect this endangered species.