The tools, resources and information we provide for water quality managers include water quality and river flow objectives, monitoring programs and support for local councils and decision-makers to manage water quality.
NSW Water Quality and River Flow Objectives
The NSW Water Quality and River Flow Objectives were developed for all major fresh and estuarine surface water catchments across New South Wales. They were developed in consultation with local communities and recognise the environmental values and uses people want protected in their waterways and represent ideal natural flow conditions for healthy rivers.
The NSW Water Quality Objectives include a range of water quality indicators to help us assess whether the current condition of our waterways supports the values and uses people want protected.
The NSW River Flow Objectives set out goals for surface water flow management and identify how river flow can protect river health and water quality.
A similar set of objectives are available for marine waters and are known as the Marine Water Quality Objectives.
Water quality objectives review
We are reviewing the NSW Water Quality Objectives in 3 pilot coastal catchments to ensure they reflect contemporary community environmental values and uses. This is a key action under Initiative 1 of the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy 2018–2028.
The 3 pilot catchments are:
- Sydney's Northern Beaches
- South Creek – Wianamatta
- Manning River.
Due to the risks associated with COVID-19, community consultation to inform the review has been delayed.
Further project updates, including how you can get involved, will be provided here in due course.