The Goyder Institute for Water Research’s G-FLOWS project was featured in the Sunday Mail on 23 March 2019, spreading the word that the team found ancient water in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Early indications are that it could not only sustain the community’s ongoing water needs but have significant economic development potential for the region if developed sustainably. The researchers have drilled wells up to 90 m deep into ancient underground channels, called palaeovalleys, in the APY Lands and samples have dated the water at five to ten million years old.
The Institute’s Facilitating Long-term Outback Water Solutions (G-FLOWS) project brings together a team of over 20 staff with expertise in hydrogeology, hydrology, geophysics, groundwater modelling, spatial analysis and programming from CSIRO, Flinders University, Geological Survey of SA and DEW to help map groundwater resources in the remote area.
Professor Jeff Connor, UniSA, was also featured in the Adelaide Advertiser on 27 March 2019 for his work on the Goyder Institute project Carbon Offsets Research to Support the State Carbon Sequestration Strategy. The project is a collaboration between UniSA, The University of Adelaide, and the Department of Environment and Water (DEW). It is focused on identifying the economic feasibility of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere through various management interventions while considering the co-benefits of these interventions. As a part of this, the team are investigating how planting trees and restoring creeks in catchments can sequester carbon, stop pollution entering reservoirs and save SA Water money in treatment costs. His research is making the business case for more plantings in the right areas across the catchment.