Assessment of impacts from a waste water discharge in a whole-of-catchment context

Hassell, K, Kellar, C, Townsend, K, Arora, M, Berg, K, May, A and Pettigrove, V 2016, 'Assessment of impacts from a waste water discharge in a whole-of-catchment context', Water E-Journal: Online Journal of the Australian Water Association, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 1-8.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Assessment of impacts from a waste water discharge in a whole-of-catchment context
Author(s) Hassell, K
Kellar, C
Townsend, K
Arora, M
Berg, K
May, A
Pettigrove, V
Year 2016
Journal name Water E-Journal: Online Journal of the Australian Water Association
Volume number 1
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Australian Water Association
Abstract Wastewater discharges represent a pollution point source that creates several challenges for waterway managers. Existing guidelines and licensing requirements tend to be quite prescriptive and do not adequately consider the fact that the impact of discharges will vary between streams depending on the condition of the receiving environment and what other modifying factors (e.g. physical condition and pollutants) are present. In this paper we discuss the value and benefits of considering an integrated whole-of-catchment approach to assess the impacts of recycled water discharges in a catchment that is already highly modified and degraded. Using a weight of evidence (WoE) approach, key stressors were identified within the catchment and assessed relative to beneficial (i.e. maintenance of environmental flows) and harmful (i.e. introduction of pollutants) impacts from recycled water discharges.
Subject Environmental Monitoring
ISSN 2206-1991
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