Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society (1972) 19: 16- 22

Engineering and ecology: Engineering and conservation in the Snowy Mountains, Australia.

Research Article
Ian G. Crook  
  1. New Zealand Wildlife Service, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric and Irrigation Scheme is an example of resource development in which fundamental, ecological values of a natural environment were largely retained. Co-operation between ecologists and engineers and flexibility in planning, which allowed modifications prompted by economic and social changes during the long period of construction, contributed to its success. This suggests that greater harmony in the thinking of engineers and ecologists is possible, and it could well be promoted through examples such as that provided by the Snowy scheme.