Preliminary Ecological Assessment of the Lower to Mid Hunter River Estuary 2015-16

This report presents the results of investigations into the impact of pollutants on a range of ecological processes in the lower to mid Hunter River estuary.

2 August 2017
Office of Environment and Heritage
  • ISBN 978-1-76039-641-1
  • ID OEH20170188
  • File PDF 3.3MB
  • Pages 53
  • Name preliminary-ecological-assessment-lower-mid-hunter-river-2015-16-170188.pdf

In 2014–15, the former NSW Office and Environment and Heritage ran the Lower Hunter River Health Monitoring Program in the Hunter River estuary. The monitoring program identified several sources of pollutants to the estuary that were potentially acting as ‘stressors’ on the estuary’s ecosystem.

Having identified potential stressors in the estuary, the next step was to assess the condition of biological indicators to determine whether there had been any impact of pollutants on ecological processes in the estuary. The status of a range of measures (condition indicators, pollutant inputs, biological indicators) used in this assessment are presented in this report. The results are also summarised in the Health of the Hunter – Hunter River estuary report card 2016.

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