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Stormwater publications

Field guide

Erosion and sediment control on unsealed roads field guide

This practical field guide provides actions to reduce the long-term maintenance costs and the impact of unsealed roads on the environment, including minimising pollution into our waterways. See further details below.

Download Erosion and sediment control on unsealed roads (120410unsealedroads.pdf, 3.4MB)

Managing urban stormwater: harvesting and reuse

Managing urban stormwater: harvesting and reuse presents an overview of stormwater harvesting and its potential benefits and limitations. It also provides guidance on the planning and design aspects of stormwater harvesting projects, taking into account statutory and regulatory requirements. About this publication

Managing urban stormwater: soils and construction

The Managing urban stormwater: soils and construction publications provide guidance on erosion and sediment control during construction and other land disturbance activities.

Volume 1 - Blue Book. These documents provide guidance for local councils and practitioners on the design, construction and implementation of measures to improve stormwater management, primarily erosion and sediment control, during the construction-phase of urban development.  Watch the Blue Book Video.

Volume 2A: Installation of services. This document provides guidelines, principles and recommended design standards for managing erosion and sediment control during service installation. Service installation activities include laying pipelines for water, stormwater, sewage or gas; and constructing powerlines. Download Volume 2A (0801soilsconststorm2a.pdf, 1.544MB)

Volume 2B: Waste landfills. This publication provides guidelines, principles and recommended minimum design standards for those managing erosion and sediment control in waste landfills. A waste landfill activity is defined as any activity that involves disposing of waste to landfill, and includes covering buried wastes with soil or other material. Download Volume 2B (08188soilsconststorm2b.pdf, 804KB)

Volume 2C: Unsealed roads. This document provides guidelines, principles and recommended design standards for those managing erosion and sediment control on unsealed roads. Unsealed roads are common in rural areas, forests, parks and other areas where traffic volumes are low. They can generate a significant amount of erosion during their construction and operation. Download Volume 2C (0802soilsconststorm2c.pdf, 1.408MB)

Volume 2D: Main road construction. This publication provides guidelines, principles and recommended minimum design standards for those managing erosion and sediment control during the construction of main roads. The construction of main roads and highways commonly involves extensive earthworks, with significant potential for erosion and subsequent sedimentation of waterways and the landscape. Download Volume 2D (08207soilsconststorm2d.pdf, 903KB)

Volume 2E: Mines and quarries. This publication provides guidelines, principles and recommended minimum design standards for those managing erosion and sediment control at mines and quarries. Mines and quarries, particularly those involving surface extraction, often involve significant areas of land disturbance and earthworks which require the planning, design, construction and maintenance of effective erosion and sediment control measures. Download Volume 2E (08208soilsconststorm2e.pdf, 2.578MB)

Erosion and sediment control on unsealed roads: A field guide for erosion and sediment control maintenance practices

This field guide has been published to support organisations that wish to implement practices that reduce long-term maintenance costs and the impact of unsealed roads on the environment. It provides operators and contractors with practical, hands-on guidance for soil and sediment control practices that improve asset management and minimise the amount of sediment entering waterways. The field guide is educational and advisory in nature with the principles and practices applicable to any unsealed road. It has been developed through extensive consultation with field staff and practitioners to help capture valuable knowledge and experience and is designed to be stored in field vehicles. It can be used as either a stand alone resource or as part of an existing maintenance program. Site-specific and organisational requirements still prevail to meet the relevant operational, safety and environmental outcomes.

NSW TAFE course in soil and water protection

NSW TAFE has a course for people, businesses and agencies who want to develop a working knowledge of soil erosion and water pollution processes, and the practical application of soil erosion and water pollution control measures that can be tailored for road and track construction. The course teaches how to plan and apply best-practice principles of soil erosion and water pollution control measures as necessary for a site/workplace, in accordance with appropriate legislation. Courses are tailored for all types of situations associated with road/track construction and maintenance, catchment management/rehabilitation, infrastructure corridors, resource extraction, urban developments, and general earthmoving.

A resource guide for local councils: Erosion and sediment control

The purpose of A resource guide for local councils: Erosion and Sediment control is to look at how local councils can develop, adopt and maintain a consistent and rigorous approach to erosion and sediment control across their areas of operations. It is not a 'how to' guide, but rather a collection of recommendations and resources that can be used by council officers who are striving to develop an integrated and effective approach to erosion and sediment control. About this publication

A resource guide for local councils: Environmental management of council operations

Councils are responsible for providing and maintaining a range of public services. This resource guide aims to support councils in developing their environmental management capacity, to reduce any incidental environmental impacts from their operations.  About this publication

Stormwater management service charge implementation monitoring
(covering financial years 2006-07 to 2008-09)

The Office of Environment and Heritage, with assistance from the Division of Local Government (DLG), has undertaken a desktop monitoring project to check on the implementation of the stormwater management service charge. The project was based on published council information and DLG data for the financial years of 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09. The project report, Stormwater management service charge implementation monitoring (covering financial years 2006-07 to 2008-09) presents the findings from this monitoring project.

Urban stormwater education

Summary evaluation report - the Drain is just for rain

Summary Evaluation Report - The Drain is Just for Rain - This document provides a summary of the extent to which the Urban Stormwater Education Program, conducted between 1999–2004, worked, and what was learnt from it. It is intended to help others who have responsibility for the delivery of education for sustainability (drain04111.pdf, 146KB). About this publication

Environmental management on the urban fringe

Economic incentives for environmental management

Poor environmental management, particularly on properties located within the urban rural fringe has long been the concern of local councils and state agencies in New South Wales and indeed throughout Australia.

This guide has been prepared to assist councils considering the introduction of incentive schemes for rural property owners (ecoincentives04109.pdf, 868KB). About this publication.

Horse properties on the rural urban fringe

A best practice environmental guide for keeping horses. This guide provides practical advice on how to protect and improve the natural environment on and around horse properties and gives practical advice on caring for horses. It provides insight into land and water management issues commonly encountered on properties where horses are kept and techniques for minimising the environmental impact of these properties (horse0489.pdf, 809KB).  About this publication.

Property management plan

A template or framework for environmental management designed to assist property or business owners to develop a plan without in-depth knowledge of natural resource management or environmental protection and enhancement. The template draws on a wide range of related publications and resources. Information provided in the management plan and references at the end of this guide provide valuable assistance in the preparation of a property management plan (plan04108.pdf, 940KB). About this publication.

Environmental assessment

Land use on the urban rural fringe is very diverse and continues to change over time. Similarly, the range in lot sizes within rural areas is diverse with land use activities ranging from poultry and intensive horticulture to rural residential properties and hobby farms. 

This audit guidebook and protocol for rural businesses and rural residential properties provides guidance to council officers and environmental professionals in NSW in conducting environmental assessments on rural properties and/or business operations and provides information on what a council officer should look for when carrying out an assessment (enviroassess04107.pdf, 870KB). About this publication.

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