River links

Scientific societies which focus on rivers and freshwater ecology more generally

International Society for River Science: “The society exists to foster and develop scholarship in all disciplines contributing to knowledge and wise stewardship of rivers and streams as vital natural and managed ecosystems”.

Australian Society for Limnology: ASL is a scientific society whose focus is the study and management of inland waters.

Society for Freshwater Science: an international organisation for the study of all things freshwater

International Society of Limnology: “The International Society of Limnology(formerly International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology; Societas Internationalis Limnologiae, SIL) promotes and communicates new and emerging knowledge among limnologists to advance the understanding of inland aquatic ecosystems and their management”.

Scientific Societies that include freshwater fish ecology

Australian Society for Fish Biology

American Fisheries Society

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Australia conservation groups involved with rivers

Australian Conservation Foundation

Environment Victoria

The Nature Conservancy

Trust for Nature



River management: Australia

National: National Water Quality Strategy; the National Water Inititative aims to increase water use efficiency across Australia;

Murray-Darling Basin: Murray-Darling Basin Authority – for all things related to the management and conservation of the Murray-Darling Basin. The MDBA’s latest attempt at a revised Murray-Darling Draft Plan was released to much criticism and controversy. There is copious information available about the Basin Plan roll out. And here is a link to the many and various scientific and management reports of the MDBA.

Victoria: Water-related information at the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria

New South Wales: A good site for information on water and river systems in NSW at the Department of Primary Industries

Queensland: Department of Environment and Resource Management

Tasmania: Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment

South Australia: SA Water

Australian Capital Territory: Environment and Sustainable Development

Northern Territory: Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport

Catchment Management Authorities

New South Wales


Victoria Catchment Management Framework and CMA Regions



One Response to River links

  1. Thanks Paul for a very comprehensive list. I’ve been trawling through water and river ‘groups’ on LinkedIn and other places. Can you tell me is the International River Foundation the-be-all-and-end-all of River Prizes??? Do I believe the blurb that it is “the environmental (river) equivalent of the Olympics”. Are there any other waterway / river / freshwater / floodplain organisations that produce similar awards in Australia?

    I have found other organisations such as: Floodplain Management Assoc; Asia Pacific Water Recycling; and, National Water recycling conference. I’m interested to hear from you or other Rivers bloggers regarding exciting projects that could be eligible for this year’s Banksia Awards. http://www.banksiafdn.com/

    To be eligible the initiative must have recent significance, with results shown over the last two years. Undertaken primarily in Australia. Award success is a great way to promote your achievements, generate marketing activities or fast-track grant applications in future.

    I can be contacted at entry@banksiafdn.com au.linkedin.com/pub/pheona-anderson/53/417/4a1
    Pheona Anderson

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