Characterising the relationship between water quality and water quantity
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2013
Water managers can use this report to help make informed decisions about how water is managed in the landscape to maintain and improve quality.
The report details:
- how water quality and flow volume interact within particular aquatic ecosystems
- the importance of the water quality and quantity relationship and key hydrological and ecological relationships that drive water quality
- key water quality issues that are experienced across Australia
- conclusions and conceptual models on the generalised relationship between water quality and water quantity for 12 types of aquatic ecosystems: temperate rivers, tropical rivers, dryland rivers, regulated rivers, urban streams, groundwater-fed streams, freshwater wetlands, lakes, reservoirs, salt wedge estuaries, heavily modified estuaries and near shore environments.
Particular focus is given to the ‘environmental values’ of water bodies as defined in the National Water Quality Management Strategy.
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