Water Management of the Snowy Mountains Scheme Australia

by Francis C. Millner, Snowy Mountains Authority, Cooma, Australia,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


The Snowy Mountains Scheme in south-eastern Australia provides a classic example of Water Resources Planning and Management on a National scale. The Scheme provides mainly peak electricity for the states of New South Wales and Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory and enables the interbasin transfer of water from a coastal to an inland river system where it is utilised for irrigation and urban water supply by three States. The paper describes the main features of the Scheme and the management of its operation. Comment is made on political and legal aspects, system analysis, environmental aspects and the performance of the Scheme.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Water management | Snow | Mountains | Water resources | Water supply systems | Municipal water | System analysis | Australia | New South Wales | Victoria (Australia)

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