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Environmental values describe the environmental, social and economic uses of waterways that communities agree are important.

The EPA has several projects underway to help improve waterways across South Australia in line with the National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS). These projects have involved establishing environmental values and defining how different water bodies might be protected. These projects have involved the EPA working with South Australian communities to protect and improve water quality in the following areas of the State:

On each of these projects, the EPA is working with regional natural resources management boards, other state agencies, local government, and the community to set environmental values and water quality objectives for South Australian waters according to the Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2003 and the National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS).

Project Status
Adelaide Coastal WQIP Document provided for public comment Spring 2011
Healthy Waters (Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges) Currently updating final report on community agreed environmental values
Lake Bonney SE Consultation report now available
Mount Lofty Ranges Watershed WQIP In development
Port Waterways WQIP (996.9 KB PDF) Completed in 2008

Community engagement will be undertaken and comments invited on the above projects at different stages. For further information, contact the Water Quality Branch of the EPA, on phone number (08) 8204 2004 or by email.

Read more about this approach to protecting water quality:

For a more detailed guide see the EPA Guidelines for establishing environmental values and water quality objectives – applying the National Water Quality Management Strategy in South Australia (202.4 KB PDF).

Last modified: 30/10/2014 08:53 am

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