The presence of potentially harmful cyanobacteria and nuisance algae in natural and constructed waterbodies, and within treatment plants, is an increasing problem faced by Australian water quality managers across their extensive catchments.
Harmful algal blooms impact multiple waterways, waterbodies, and bays around Australia each year, and appear to be growing more frequent due to climate change. These blooms affect the operation and design of many diverse water assets and require the allocation of significant time and resources for effective risk management, and communication with stakeholders and the public.
The Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science-Practice Partnership (NHASP) is a multi-party initiative between the UNSW Water Research Centre, Melbourne Water, and Hunter Water seeking to manage these blooms more effectively by introducing smart surveillance and evidence-based, cost-effective policy and asset design for the benefit of Australia’s metropolitan and regional areas.
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