Collaborative data management and sharing are important for effective freshwater management in Tasmania. Around the state, there are several large waterway health and water quality monitoring programs that collect a significant amount of useful data and serve a specific management purpose.
NRE Tasmania has established the Water Managers and Data Custodians Working Group to help align monitoring programs and develop collaborative partnerships in data collection and sharing.
The Working Group consists of Tasmania’s primary water managers:
The Working Group will help facilitate the collation and review of state-wide waterway health monitoring data, investigate existing data sharing arrangements, and consider an appropriate resourcing model for enduring, accessible, and integrated management of waterway health data.
The Working Group is one of three Rural Water Use Strategy (RWUS) projects that directly consider waterway health and will complement the government’s current investments in catchment and water management.