Lower Hunter River Health Monitoring Program

Water Quality Monitoring Program 2014-15 report

This water quality monitoring program was implemented to assess the health of the Hunter River estuary.

1 August 2017
Office of Environment and Heritage
  • ISBN 978-1-76039-642-8
  • ID OEH20170187
  • File PDF 1.3MB
  • Pages 43
  • Name lower-hunter-river-health-monitoring-program-water-quality-monitoring-2014-15-report-170187.pdf

In 2014, the NSW Land and Environment Court imposed penalties on Orica Australia for a number of polluting incidents at their Kooragang and Botany facilities in 2010–11. 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 water quality monitoring program.

The water quality monitoring program ran from August 2014 to March 2015 and included 14 sites in the lower, mid and upper Hunter River estuary. The program looked at nutrients and suspended solids, among other pollutants and indicators, in the Hunter River estuary. The results indicated that pollutants from intensive agricultural land use in the upper to middle catchment and inputs from heavily industrialised and urban areas in middle to lower catchment contributed to the degradation of water quality in the estuary.

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