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More than 25 people gathered at Rosebud on Tuesday to test Southern Rural Water’s draft groundwater atlas for the Port Phillip and Western Port region.

The draft atlas, part of the Southern Groundwater Futures project, provides readers with information about the groundwater cycle, the aquifers of the region, how groundwater is used and how it is managed in the region.

Those attending were invited to test the atlas by choosing a question about groundwater, and seeing if the atlas would be able to answer their question.

They used the atlas to find answers to questions such as who uses groundwater in the region, how groundwater interacts with Port Phillip Bay, and how groundwater is managed. Participants also suggested improvements for the atlas after they had a chance to use it.

During the workshop they were able to raise and discuss issues such management of groundwater contamination, groundwater interaction with developments like underground carparks, and where to find more information at a property level.

“The draft atlas has been developed in conjunction with a wide range of people from the region who have an interest in groundwater,” said General Manager Groundwater and Rivers, Craig Parker.

“This was a great chance for Southern Rural Water to take the draft out to local community members and licence holders, and get their opinion and tap into their local knowledge.”

Other workshops are being held throughout the region over the next fortnight in Pakenham, Lilydale, Lancefield, Bacchus Marsh and Werribee.

Craig said that once feedback sessions are finished around the region, Southern Rural Water will refine the atlas with the aim of launching it later in the year.

“Southern Rural Water has also started work on developing an interactive online version of the atlas,” he said.

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