$20 million funding allocated

Two men on the bank of the Esk river

Operating an Accoustic Doppler at South Esk River, Perth, Tasmania

Thirty-six organisations are sharing nearly $20 million in funding from the Bureau to update and extend their water monitoring systems during 2010/11.

The Bureau received applications worth more than $47 million for Round Four of the Modernisation and Extension of Hydrological Monitoring Systems Program.

Funding is spread across 92 projects. Successful applicants include state and territory water agencies, urban water utilities, irrigation corporations and catchment management authorities.

Projects include installation or modernisation of ground and surface water monitoring systems, upgrading of data management capacity and installation of systems to efficiently transfer water data to the Bureau.

The Modernisation and Extension of Hydrological Monitoring Systems Program is a five-year, $80 million program to assist organisations to meet their requirements under the Water Regulations 2008 to provide water information to the Bureau.

Named persons (organisations) listed in the Water Regulations 2008 were eligible to apply for funding.