Dr Lynne Powell was appointed Project Manager for the Smart Cities, Smart Catchments, project in November 2017, adding the responsibility to her existing role at Council where she oversees local water quality monitoring program's associated with the region's wastewater treatment plants.
With an extensive career in water quality management Lynne's experience isn't all in tropical waters.
" I was extremely fortunate to spend a significant amount of time during my PhD in Antarctica studying the unique and fragile lakes of the Vestfold Hills," she said. "I am passionate about having healthy waterways that we can all enjoy, are inspiring for community and support healthy aquatic life. "My role within the Smart Catchments project is to lead a team of highly qualified people to achieve the project goals and improve water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef."
Presenting at the Australian Water Association North Queensland Regional Conference 2018, held in Cairns in July, Lynne shared with the national audience the goals of the project and the need to monitor water catchments.
“If we don’t monitor our catchments, we can’t measure any successes from improvements,” Dr Powell said.
“Collecting data in real time will be hugely beneficial for all councils. It will not only ensure we have the right infrastructure for managing our catchments but it will help in our negotiating with governments. Also, having the ability to share this information with residents and schools will help bolster the community’s understanding of their local catchment and relay how all our actions can impact on the Great Barrier Reef lagoon,” Dr Powell said.