NCCMA wins Award for Cohuna Fish Screens

Congratulations to North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) who WON the ‘RBMS Innovation in Water Management Award’ for the ‘Cohuna Fish Screening Project’.

AWMA designed, manufactured and installed the fish screens for this project. The project was funded by the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH). The project steering committee consisted of multiple stakeholders including VEWH, NCCMA, Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW), Victorian Recreational Fishing Peak Body (VRFish), Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DEWLP), AWMA Water Control Solutions and the Gannawarra Shire Council.

Since the successful completion of this project AWMA has partnered with key stakeholders across Australia and New Zealand to further develop and deliver fish screening solutions.

AWMA intake screens (fish and debris exclusion screens) assist irrigators and asset owners with the delivery of high quality, environmentally friendly irrigation water that protects our native fish population.

AWMA’s FlowLab testing facility is currently being utilised by NSW Department of Primary Industries and Charles Stuart University (funded by the Ian Potter Foundation and the Recreational Fishing Trust) to develop the first ‘Standardised Design Criteria for Fish Protection Screens’ in Australia. It is anticipated this process will assist with the increased implementation of screening solutions within the Australian river system.

AWMA have also extended the application of this screening technology to benefit the commercial and industrial sectors including urban water intakes, hydro power facilities, cooling water intakes and water extraction systems.

This award was presented by RBMS, Australia’s leading member-based organisation dedicated to integrating catchment and river management. Congratulations to all RBMS award finalists.

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