Green alert: protecting Melbourne from harmful algae

The Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science-Practice Partnership is developing strategies to manage and minimise the risks posed by algae to Melbourne’s waterways.

The Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science-Practice Partnership (NHASP) has begun to identify strategies to manage the risks that algae pose to bodies of water, especially when in proximity to water utilities. NHASP is a multi-institutional and multi-disciplined research program with academics and professionals from UNSW Global Water Institute, the University of Newcastle, the Walter Eliza and Hall Institute of Medical Research, Polytechnique Montréal and Melbourne Water.

UNSW School of Chemical Engineering’s Associate Professor Rita Henderson says that NHASP is an initiative that was instigated by Melbourne Water, which is one of Australia’s biggest water utilities. The group is looking at more effective ways to manage harmful algal blooms by introducing smart surveillance and developing evidence-based, cost-effective policy and asset design for the benefit of the Melbourne region.

NHASP project is managed by Dr Bojan Tamburic who is a Lecturer with the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The NHASP project is set to run for three years. Other UNSW Water Research Centre academics involved in the project are: Associate Professor Will Glamore, Senior Lecturer Dr Fiona Johnston and Professor Richard Stuetz.

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