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The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has released the finalised Adelaide Coastal Water Quality Improvement Plan (ACWQIP) (5.6 MB PDF) as a culmination of over five years of work on consultation with key stakeholders and the community for the improvement of water quality along Adelaide's coastline.

The community agreed vision in the ACWQIP is 'Healthy aquatic ecosystems where environmental, social and economic values are considered in equal and high regard in a balanced management approach that aims to see the return of the blue line of seagrass closer to shore by 2050'.

The Adelaide community and key stakeholders have been involved in the development of environmental values (EVs) and water quality objectives for Adelaide's coastal waters to guide water quality improvement for the uses that the community desires for Adelaide's coastline.

The ACWQIP includes eight strategies (88.3 KB PDF) for implementation over the medium to longer term to achieve the community agreed vision, environmental values (196 KB PDF) and water quality objectives. A summary overview (1.3 MB PDF) is provided for further information.

In the ACWQIP the EPA is identified as the agency to lead the reduction of nutrients from point source discharges operated by SA Water and Penrice Soda Products. Leadership on addressing stormwater issues involves many more players including the AMLR NRM Board, local governments, a range of state agencies and local communities.

Implementation for many of the strategies in the ACWQIP is well underway, but other areas for implementation will be further developed with stakeholders in the coming months through re-convening the Adelaide Coastal Waters Steering Group who were involved in leading the strategic development of the ACWQIP.

The EPA will be seeking partnership support with other agencies and local government for implementing water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and better sediment management across the Adelaide region to improve Adelaide's coastal water quality.

More information related to the ACWQIP or telephone 8204 2004.


Last modified: 22/01/2015 09:45 am

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