Hunter River Water Quality Assessment

In a major project for the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue, river and mine storage water quality has been tested in multiple locations in the Upper Hunter.
The Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme allows mines and other industries to discharge saline water into the Hunter River at times of high flow, which dilutes the saline water.  Many of the region’s mining companies and power stations participate in the scheme.
The Dialogue’s Water Quality Study is the result of concerns voiced by members of the Joint Working Group - Water about what other elements may be present in the discharged water.
Organised and funded by the Dialogue, the study was undertaken by the University of Newcastle’s International Centre for Balanced Land Use and endorsed by the Environment Protection Authority.
Through analysis of water and sediment samples from mine water storage sites as well as from the Hunter River, the project to assessed the potential for contamination of water quality from coal mines and power utility facilities operating in the Upper Hunter.
The Dialogue sees the water quality study project fitting perfectly into its brief to work towards reducing mining impacts on the community.
The Dialogue’s research shows water quality is a concern for the community and the study allowed the collection of data on the current quality of the river water as well as assess potential risks, if any, for the future.
Because of the wide range of mining operators involved in the Dialogue, the study allowed a wide sampling of water quality across the Upper Hunter.
For more information on the Dialogue’s Hunter River Water Quality Testing, please view this poster:
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