NSW Diffuse Source Water Pollution Strategy

This strategy was developed to help land managers deal with diffuse sources of water pollution, mainly stormwater pollution. Through better management of this complex issue, water quality and ecosystem health can be improved.

1 June 2009
Department of Environment and Climate Change
  • ISBN 978-1-74122-961-5
  • ID DECC20090085
  • File PDF 1.3MB
  • Pages 60
  • Name nsw-diffuse-source-water-pollution-strategy-09085.pdf

This strategy lays out a statewide approach for coordinated action and reporting to better manage diffuse sources of water pollution and improve water quality for all surface and groundwater.

Three priority diffuse source water pollutants have been identified across NSW – sediments, nutrients and pathogens – which can arise from a multitude of sources. The main focus of the strategy is the sources of these pollutants that are not already regulated. Examples, from private and public land, include some agricultural practices, unsealed roads, urban stormwater and specific urban activities. Sources that are already formally regulated, including sewerage systems, public forestry operations, waste services, intensive farming and some agricultural practices (for example pesticide use) are not covered.

A wide range of management approaches is needed to address the many causes of diffuse source water pollution. In most cases a combination of management actions will produce the best results and support landholders to make affordable changes.