Lower Hunter River Health Monitoring Program

Stormwater Quality Monitoring Program 2015 report

This monitoring program was conducted during and after rain events to identify sources of pollutants in stormwater delivered to the lower Hunter estuary.

Date
3 August 2017
Publisher
Office of Environment and Heritage
Type
Publication
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 978-1-76039-628-2
  • ID OEH20170192
  • File PDF 756KB
  • Pages 44
  • Name lower-hunter-river-health-monitoring-program-stormwater-quality-monitoring-2015-report-170192.pdf

In 2014, the NSW Land and Environment Court imposed penalties on Orica Australia for a number of polluting incidents that occurred in 2010–11 at their Kooragang and Botany facilities. The monetary penalty was directed to fund projects aimed at restoring and enhancing the environment for the benefit of affected neighbouring communities. Part of the environmental service order was issued to the former Office of Environment and Heritage to fund the Lower Hunter River Health Monitoring Program, which included this stormwater quality monitoring program.

The monitoring program identified hotspots for dissolved ammonia, nitrates/nitrites and phosphates and dissolved metal pollution in the estuary and confirmed that industrial sites were a major source. 

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