Hey, you all want to go down to Devils Gate Dam?

07 November 2019

If your first thought here is a leather-clad rock chick, well, you’re certainly not alone, even if it’s just the two of us. One of us might even have trouble seeing the name Devils Gate Dam without bursting into a few bars of the song made famous by Suzi Quatro. But, there’s more to this than seventies nostalgia and ground-breaking female bass guitarists.


NRM NOrth Tamar

Muddying the waters – managing sedimentation in the kanamaluka / Tamar Estuary

28 October 2019

Anyone living in or around Launceston would be familiar with the flood of controversy surrounding the quality of water in the kanamaluka / Tamar estuary. But a new report has shown water


Barge transporting logs across Lake Pieman

A drowned treasure

24 August 2018

It’s probably the last place you would think to look for some of the world’s most sought after timber but the depths of Hydro Tasmania’s dams have proven to be a treasure trove.


Aerial view of Cluny dam and power station

Cluny gets a little work done

24 August 2018

No not that Clooney. Our Cluny is about 30m tall, largely made of concrete and surprisingly about six years younger. Clearly, power stations deteriorate at a faster rate than Hollywood icons (arguably, they work a little harder), and the ‘work done’ here is closer to reconstructive surgery than your average aging actor face lift.


A half submersed hand holding baby eels

The eel deal

24 August 2018

Eels are amazing creatures, instinctively swimming up rivers to mature. That gets complicated when they get confronted with the wall of a hydro dam that’s about 30 metres high. But our aquatic scientists have come up with a novel solution.