Resources for the Water Quality Guidelines
Core requirements of the Water Quality Management Framework are supported by many useful resources that aim to help you navigate and use the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality.
Our case studies demonstrate real applications of the Water Quality Management Framework:
- Developing a reef water quality management plan — Great Barrier Reef case study.
- Assessing discharges from a uranium mine — Ranger mine case study.
Each step in the Water Quality Management Framework links back to critical concepts that you should understand to use the framework in various applications. Reading about these key concepts will provide more detailed information about activities covered in each step.
We provide additional guidance to help you gain a deeper understanding of some topics, including:
- development of national effects-based physical and chemical (PC) stressors
- other non-water quality related stressors
- weight-of-evidence evaluation methods.
Many jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand have derived their own guideline values for PC stressors at a catchment, basin or physiographic level.
Assessments of water/sediment quality using geographically derived local guideline values, and advice targeted to the local scale, will always be more accurate than assessments using default guideline values provided in the Water Quality Guidelines.
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