Workshop: MAR Essentials

This is for anyone who is thinking about how to begin, design and maintain a viable Managed Aquifer Recharge project.

Presented by the nation’s top MAR practitioners and scientists, you will have access to professionals experienced in the planning, feasibility, economic, environmental and scientific aspects of establishing a MAR scheme.

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Date: Thursday, 26 October, 2017 - Friday, 27 October, 2017

Location: Mercure Hotel Perth: 10 Irwin St, PERTH WA

Contact: Trevor Pillar: Ph: 08 8236 5200 Email:

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Karen Johnston

Managed Recharge

Karen Johnston is a Principal Hydrogeologist/Geochemist with 21 years’ experience in Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR).  She has recently established a groundwater consultancy specialising in MAR, Managed Recharge, after 20 years with the well-regarded hydrogeological consulting firm, Rockwater. Karen completed her Master of Science researching geochemical reactions in aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) systems, working on the internationally recognised Andrew’s Farm project in South Australia with the CSIRO. She commenced working with the Water Corporation in 1999, investigating the potential use of ASR in Perth’s integrated water supply system, helping to establish two state of the art ASR trial sites, Jandakot and Mirrabooka, which were direct precursors to the Beenyup Groundwater Replenishment Scheme, for which Karen is the lead hydrogeological consultant.  Karen has extensive experience in assessing the feasibility and viability of potential aquifer replenishment schemes, and was responsible for hydrogeological assessment and implementation of the Hartfield Park stormwater recharge scheme at Forrestfield; the first and only municipal ASR project of its kind in Western Australia, as well as wastewater re-use projects such as the Ocean Road scheme in Mandurah.

Russell Martin

Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec (WGA)

Russell has over 30 years of experience as a geologist/hydrogeologist with extensive Public and Private sector experience in groundwater resources management, water sensitive urban design and integrated catchment water management. Russell has been involved in the delivery and review of over 60 stormwater harvesting and Managed Aquifer Recharge projects nationally and internationally and is recognised as a global expert in this highly specialised area of hydrogeology and engineering. He possesses considerable practical experience in the investigation, design, delivery, and operation of MAR systems including infiltration basins and aquifer storage and recovery bores. He has delivered several workshops both for local operators and in international forums and served on several State and National water resources technical working committees. Russell authored the first monograph on clogging during managed aquifer recharge under the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) MAR Working Group and is currently compiling volume 2.

Simon Higginson

Water Corporation WA

Simon Higginson is the Senior MAR Advisor at the Water Corporation of Western Australia, with 12 years’ experience in managed aquifer recharge research and operations. Simon currently leads the hydrogeological investigations, risk assessment process for regulatory approvals and well-design team to progress the Beenyup Groundwater Replenishment Scheme, which will inject 90ML/day of recycled water to Perth confined aquifers.

Don McFarlane

University of WA

Don McFarlane BSc MSc PhD has over 30 years experience in land and water research and management. He has led the Soils and Catchment Hydrology groups in the WA Department of Agriculture, been a Director of both water research and management in the state water agency, and coordinated WA water research in CSIRO, Floreat. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at UWA and part-time consultant. His main areas of interest are currently managed aquifer recharge, urban hydrology under climate change, and remote sensing.  His research papers have been cited more than 2000 times and he has won the CSIRO Chairman Medal for his research.

Michael Donn


Mike is a Senior Experimental Scientist with CSIRO and has 18 years’ experience as an environmental chemist in the agriculture and environment sectors. Since joining CSIRO in 2006 he has applied his biogeochemical expertise to assess processes influencing groundwater and surface water quality. Since 2012 Mike has been involved with a number of managed aquifer recharge research projects largely focusing on assessment of the geochemical impacts on infiltration and injection of treated wastewater into the superficial and confined aquifers in Perth. More recently Mike has been involved in the assessment of the potential for MAR to support industry in the Kwinana area contributing to a regional scale pre-feasibility study. He is currently involved in MAR projects associated with Groundwater Replenishment, assessment wastewater disposal through infiltration and further MAR feasibility studies in the Kwinana area.

Daniel Nelson

City of Kalamunda

Daniel Nelson has a diversity of experience and expertise in water management, sporting and recreation facilities, groundwater extraction and sustainability. He was the driving force in the development of the Shire’s Managed Aquifer Recharge Project and has proven experience in finding alternative water sources to ensure the long term sustainability of maintaining recreation sites.  Daniel has been with the Shire of Kalamunda for the past 9 years and is currently employed as the Coordinator of Project Delivery. He has also held senior positions in the field of Irrigation, Parks and Reserves.  Daniel is currently on the state executive team for Irrigation Australia limited (IAL WA Region).  He holds formal qualifications in Irrigation, Project Management, and Outdoor Education and has completed study with the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.Daniel is passionate about working towards water saving solutions while continuing to provide green public open space.

Dale Robinson

City of Mandurah

Dale has a Degree in Environmental Management from Murdoch University and is the Groundwater Conservation Officer for the City of Mandurah, Western Australia. Dale’s experience has been through previous work with the private sector for 7 years and then 8 years with State and Local Government.  He has worked extensively in the area of air and water monitoring for industrial processes. Through his current role he has successfully project managed and delivered the City of Mandurah’s Caddadup Managed Aquifer Recharge Scheme, for irrigation of active open space.  The success of this Managed Aquifer Recharge Scheme has led the City of Mandurah to expand on its water recycling schemes and research Aquifer Storage and Recovery, for a variety of active and recreational open space.

Don Scott

Pennington Scott

Don is the Managing Director and Hydrogeologist at Pennington Scott Pty Ltd, a groundwater company with three parts: Groundwater Consulting; Wellfield contracting (borefield installation and management) and an R&D company, Northwater, developing remote borefield automation. Over the past ten years this team has fluctuated between 12 and 30 staff including hydrogeologists, hydrologists, geophysicists, numerical modellers and engineers. Don and his colleagues have built a solid reputation managing deep geothermal bores, regional water exploration and borefield development, strategic mine water management and remote automated borefield management. In addition to his consulting work, Don also lectures at the University of Western Australia and the Australian Groundwater School in Hydrogeology, Mine Dewatering, Strategic Mine Water Management, Groundwater Exploration & Development and Bore Construction. Involved deeply in the industry, Don is on the Australian Drilling Industry Association (ADIA) Adjudicating Committee and runs the Screens and Gravel Pack Course for the ADIA’s DrillSkill.

Jordin Barclay


Jordin is a Principal Hydrogeologist for Fortescue Metals Group’s Chichester Operations. He has been working for FMG for over 5 years and has been a mining hydrogeologist for 15 years at various mine sites in Western Australia, United States, Mexico and throughout Canada. The Chichester Operations (Cloudbreak mine and Christmas Creek mine) operate the second largest mine dewatering system in the world and is situated adjacent to the Fortescue Marsh, an endorheic basin with hypersaline groundwater at depth. The Chichester Operations are currently approved for 200 gigalitres per annum abstraction, most of which is re-injected in order to maintain the water levels adjacent to the Fortescue Marsh. Jordin has been involved in all stages of MAR at the Chichesters, including approvals, bore and infrastructure construction, testing, operations and maintenance.



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MAR Essentials Webinar


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Issues we will address in both the Webinar and Workshop include:
1 Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR): Introduction and Overview
2 Potential for MAR in the Perth Region
3 Is MAR an Option? Preliminary Feasibility Assessment
4 Kwinana – Feasibility of MAR using Recycled Water
5 Will it Work? Technical Viability Assessment
6 Minderoo – Viability of Enhanced Recharge using an Upside-Down Weir
7 Setting up a MAR Site – Implementation and Testing
8 Perry Lakes – Aquifer Recharge using Infiltration Galleries: FIG and MARRO projects.
9 Moving to an Operational Scheme – Issues and Management
10 Chichester Range MAR Scheme – Injecting for almost 10 years
11 Regulatory Requirements: Approvals Process
12 Beenyup – MAR as a Water Resource Management Tool
13 Field Visit: Beenyup Groundwater Replenishment Scheme
14 Field Visit: Hartfield Park Municipal Scale ASR
15 Field Visit: Hartfield Park Municipal Scale ASR
16 Field Visit: Kwinana, Spectacles Wetlands
17 Field Visit: Meadow Springs/Gordon Rd WWTP
18 Field Visit: Caddadup WWTP/Ocean Rd Reserve

NOTE: The 20% Early Bird Discount before the 26th September.


Address: 10 Irwin St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

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