Revised Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Freshwater and Marine Water Quality
Revision of the Guidelines
The Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality, (previously known as ANZECC 2000) were recently updated. The revision of the Guidelines was a joint project of the Australian and New Zealand and Australian State and Territory Governments (ANZAST). The guidelines can be found at http://waterquality.gov.au/anz-guidelines
Key revisions include:
- The water quality management framework has been expanded and strengthened, including the development of conceptual models for natural systems.
- Information on recreational and drinking water has been removed as the water quality and health guidelines already cover these topics (Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011 and Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Water 2008).
- Ecosystem information specific to regional location has been updated to provide for improved targeted biological assessment.
- Guidance on cultural and spiritual values of water resources is now incorporated in the Guidelines.
Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018
The Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 provides the foundation for a transformation of Victoria’s environment protection laws and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA).
ACLCA Victoria is holding an information session this August for our mebers. See our events page for further details.
More information about the Bill, including an informative 5-page Fact Sheet explaining the major changes, is available on DELWP’s website.
ACLCA Fundeed Project - PFAS in Groundwater
In 2017 ACLCA funded a project conducted by RMIT University to investigate sources of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to groundwater west of Melbourne, Australia.
The project investigated wastewater impacted groundwater in the Werribee Irrigation District and groundwater adjacent to legacy landfill sites in Newport and Sunshine. The results of the findings of the investigations in the Werribee Irrigation District were published in Science of the Total Environment Journal in an article titled “Investigating recycled water use as a diffuse source of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) to groundwater in Melbourne, Australia”. It can be downloaded for free until 11 September 2018. If you would like the link for free download please email Emily at ACLCA.
A complete report also detailing the findings of the landfill PFAS investigations will be available later in the year.