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Groundwater analysis and management

Conceptualisation of groundwater systems is an important element of many RMCG projects.

This includes equitable sharing of groundwater resources, protection against salinity, and managing the impacts of irrigation, water recycling, domestic wastewater and organic waste.

We have consultants with in-depth understanding of the interactions between ground and surface water systems, as well as the policy and legislative context of managing groundwater assets, including Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems. Our work includes developing groundwater management plans and conceptual hydrogeological models, designing groundwater monitoring programs and sampling protocols, and assessing groundwater contamination risks.

Team

Nathan Scholes

Nathan Scholes

Senior Consultant

B.Eng. (Env.) (Hons)

Nathan is an environmental engineer with over ten years’ experience in soil and groundwater contamination, hydrogeological assessments, waste management and reuse. He has a strong understanding of the environmental compliance obligations associated with these fields. Nathan has project managed multiple projects including Groundwater Reviews/Assessments, Environmental Site Assessments, Risk Assessments, Environment Improvement Plans, Land Capability Assessments and Agricultural Waste Reuse Schemes.

Rob Rendell

Rob Rendell

Senior Fellow

B.Eng. (Ag), CPAg., GAICD

Rob has more than 40 years’ experience in irrigation, groundwater drainage, salinity management, project management, extension, reclaimed water re-use, practical irrigation farming and farm management, agricultural industry benchmarking and sustainability indicators.  Rob’s wide range of experience from the practical to the technical/managerial and also to strategy and policy, gives him ability to contribute at many levels. He is recognised as a leader in the water and irrigated agriculture sector.

Anna Kelliher

Anna Kelliher

Principal

BA, BE (Hons), GAICD

Anna is an environmental engineer with 15 years’ experience in water and catchment management. She specialises in recycled water planning, irrigation modernisation, land capability assessment, environmental risk assessment and catchment condition reporting. Anna has experience working with industry, government, farmers and the community, and has developed sound teamwork, communication and project management skills.

Matt Shanahan

Matt Shanahan

Principal

B.Tech. (Env.)

Matt has been working in the water/irrigation industry for the past 15 years, having spent the last 12 years with RMCG consulting to a range of private and government clients.  Matt has worked extensively in the field of recycled water and organics management, having prepared master plans, land capability assessments, irrigation management plans and environmental management plans for a range of clients.  He is also experienced in the development of works approval applications and undertaking technical assessments involving the management of soils, nutrients and salinity/sodicity.

Patrick Harton

Patrick Harton

Consultant

B.Env.Sci

Pat has practical knowledge of farming systems and irrigation practices with professional skills in environmental management including monitoring, auditing and reporting. Pat was previously employed as an Environmental Advisor – at various mining operations located across NSW and WA, where he gained valuable experience in regulatory compliance and environmental monitoring activities.