The streamflow water monitoring network is used by State Govt, local councils, catchment management authorities and water authorities for data collection.
Under the Victorian Regional Water Monitoring Partnership program, surface water data is collected from around 800 monitoring sites across the State. This partnership approach allows the data to be collected once and then used for a number of business needs across multiple stakeholders. There are close to 40 organisations that invest in the partnership including the State government, local councils, catchment management authorities and water authorities.
The Water Technology team use this data frequently for the various surface water projects we do across the State, the data can be accessed from the WIMS website. Using this data quite often you become familiar with the site, but it always helps to see what it actually looks like. Here are a couple of great photos of gauging sites we have recently visited.
The first photo in the above slide show is the Snowy River at McKillops Bridge looking upstream. The gauge is located in the bottom right corner of the photo. You can see the cattle being driven across the river by farmers on horseback.
The second photo above is Hughes Creek at Tarcombe Road, a beautiful waterway in northern Victoria, flowing off the granite country.
We love getting out and visiting our waterways. We will regularly share photos of the gauges we visit via Twitter, and encourage others to do so as well, using the hashtag #OurGauges. We look forward to seeing your great photos from all the far flung gauging locations visited.