Designing tools to predict and mitigate impacts on water quality following the Australian 2019/2020 wildfires: Insights from Sydney's largest water supply catchment.
Jonay Neris, Cristina Santin, Roger Lew, Peter R Robichaud, William J Elliot, Sarah A Lewis, Gary Sheridan, Ann-Marie Rohlfs, Quinn Ollivier, Lorena Oliveira, Stefan H Doerr
Integr Environ Assess Manag | Published : 2021
The 2019/2020 Australian bushfires (or wildfires) burned the largest forested area in Australia's recorded history, with major socio-economic and environmental consequences. Among the largest fires was the 280 000 ha Green Wattle Creek Fire, which burned large forested areas of the Warragamba catchment. This protected catchment provides critical ecosystem services for Lake Burragorang, one of Australia's largest urban supply reservoirs delivering ~85% of the water used in Greater Sydney. Water New South Wales (WaterNSW) is the utility responsible for managing water quality in Lake Burragorang. Its postfire risk assessment, done in collaboration with researchers in Australia, the UK, and Unit..View full abstract