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Environmental Protection Policy (Water)

Have your say on draft environmental values and water quality objectives

Closing date for submissions

  • Queensland Murray-Darling Basin region – 31 May 2017
  • Other regions – 30 June 2017.

Have your say on the draft environmental values and water quality objectives under the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy (EPP Water). Draft consultation materials (reports, mapping) and an online survey/submission form for each region are provided in the table below.

Further information will be released when available for South–east Queensland and Wet Tropics waters, and groundwaters in Reef catchments (refer EHP website for more details).

All feedback will be considered in the finalisation process. Final materials may (pending Government approval) be included in schedule 1 of the EPP Water.

The outcome of this consultation process will also inform the proposed review of existing minimum standards for water quality for urban development, stormwater management and other intensive land uses (such as sewage treatment plants) as detailed in the Enhancing reef regulations discussion paper. Environmental values define the uses of the water by aquatic ecosystems and for human uses (e.g. drinking water, irrigation, aquaculture, recreation). Water quality objectives (e.g. for nitrogen content, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, biological indicators), are derived to protect environmental values of the water. They are based on technically derived water quality guidelines.

You can also email, fax or post your feedback.

Email: Fax: (07) 3330 5996
Post:
Healthy Waters Department and Environment and Heritage Protection
GPO Box 2454
Brisbane QLD 4001

Note: Your responses may be subject to a Right to Information application.

Region

Main report

Draft EPP Water mapping

Supporting reports, links

Qld Murray-Darling and Bulloo Basins

Submissions closed Wednesday 31 May

 

Draft QMDB surface water quality guidelines report (DSITI, 2017) (PDF, 30M)

Draft QMDB groundwater quality guideline report (DSITI, 2017) (PDF, 6.6M)

 

 

Border Rivers surface water environmental values (PDF, 1.9M)

Border Rivers groundwater environmental values (PDF, 1.9M)

Condamine surface water environmental values (PDF, 2.4M)

Condamine groundwater environmental values (PDF, 893K)

Maranoa-Balonne surface water environmental values (PDF, 2.6M)

Maranoa-Balonne groundwater environmental values (PDF, 2.6M)

Moonie surface water environmental values (PDF, 1.2M)

Moonie groundwater environmental values (PDF, 1.2M)

South West QMDB surface water environmental values (PDF, 1.4M)

South West QMDB groundwater environmental values (PDF, 1.3M)

South West QMDB management intent (PDF, 2.1M)

Eastern QMDB management intent (PDF, 2.9M)

QMDB Socioeconomics Draft Report 2017 (PDF, 4.5M)

QMDB Macroinvertebrate Report (DSITI, 2013) (PDF, 796K)

Condamine-Balonne Fish Report (DAF, 2014) (PDF, 2.1M)

QMDB Groundcover Report (DSITI, 2015 (PDF, 2.2M))

QMDB Riparian Report (DSITI, 2015) (PDF, 1.6M)

Surface Water Environmental Values Consultation Report (Condamine Alliance, 2013) (PDF, 4.9M)

Groundwater Environmental Values Consultation Report (Condamine Alliance, 2013) (PDF, 4.5M)

QMDC Environmental Values Consultation Report (QMDC, 2012) (PDF, 2.0M)

 

Burdekin River Basin

Submissions due by Friday 30 June

Survey

Draft Burdekin surface water quality guidelines report (DSITI, 2017) (PDF, 5.9M)

 

Belyando sub-basin (PDF, 2.2M)

Bowen-Broken-Bogie sub-basin (PDF, 2.0M)

Burdekin - upper sub-basin (PDF, 3.0M)

Burdekin - lower sub-basin (PDF, 1.4M)

Cape-Campaspe sub-basin (PDF, 1.9M)

Suttor sub-basin (PDF, 1.8M)

Burdekin water quality improvement plan

Economic valuation (MJA 2013, chapter 8) (PDF, 3.4M)

Don-Haughton basins

Submissions due by Friday 30 June

Survey

Draft Don-Haughton surface water quality guidelines report (DSITI, 2017) (PDF, 6.2M)

Don River Basin (PDF, 2.2M)

Haughton River basin (PDF, 3.0M)

Coastal waters (PDF, 2.9M)

Burdekin water quality improvement plan

Economic valuation (MJA 2013, chapter 8) (PDF, 3.4M)

 

Mackay-Whitsundays – estuarine and coastal/marine waters

Submissions due by Friday 30 June

Survey

Included with above report

Mackay-Whitsunday coastal waters (PDF, 2.4M)

 

Mackay-Whitsunday water quality improvement plan

Economic valuation (MJA 2013, chapter 7) (PDF, 3.4M)

 

Eastern Cape York

Submissions due by Friday 30 June

Survey

Draft eastern Cape York surface water quality guidelines report (EHP 2017) (PDF, 8.7M)

Endeavour River Basin (PDF, 1.1M)

Jacky Jacky Creek Basin (PDF, 1.4M)

Jeannie River Basin (PDF, 1.4M)

Lockhart River Basin (PDF, 1.5M)

Normanby River Basin (PDF, 3.0M)

Olive-Pascoe River Basin (PDF, 1.3M)

Stewart River Basin (PDF, 1.2M)

Eastern Cape York coastal waters (PDF, 1.4M)

Eastern Cape York water quality improvement plan

 

Fitzroy Basin, Keppel Bay and coastal waters

Submissions due by Friday 30 June

Survey

Draft Fitzroy, Keppel Bay and coastal waters surface water quality guidelines report (DSITI, 2017) (PDF, 12M)

Callide Creek (PDF, 1.7M)

Comet River (PDF, 2.0M)

Dawson River– upper (PDF, 2.2M)

Dawson River- lower (PDF, 2.1M)

Fitzroy River (PDF, 1.9M)

Isaac River (PDF, 2.2M)

Mackenzie River (PDF, 1.8M)

Nogoa River – upper (PDF, 1.8M)

Nogoa River – lower (PDF, 1.7M)

Keppel Bay and coastal waters off Capricorn and Curtis Coasts (PDF, 1.9M)

Fitzroy water quality improvement plan

Economic valuation (MJA 2013, chapter 6) (PDF, 3.4M)

 

 

Background

The quality of natural waters in Queensland (e.g. water in rivers, creeks, wetlands, lakes, estuaries and coastal areas and ground waters) is protected under the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009 (EPP(Water)). The EPP(Water) achieves the object of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act) to protect Queensland's waters while supporting ecologically sustainable development. Queensland waters include water in rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes, aquifers, estuaries and coastal areas.

Environmental values (EVs) and water quality objectives (WQOs) are being progressively determined for areas of Queensland. EVs define the uses of the water by aquatic ecosystems and for human uses (e.g. drinking water, irrigation, aquaculture, recreation). WQOs define objectives for the physical characteristics of the water (e.g. nitrogen content, dissolved oxygen, turbidity). A fact sheet (PDF, 408K) is available with more detail on EVs and WQOs.

Map showing areas of current future scheduling.

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In high ecological value (HEV) areas, WQOs are to be maintained. In slightly disturbed (SD) areas, water quality is to be improved such that WQOs are achieved. In moderately disturbed areas, if water quality meets the WQOs it is to be maintained, or if it does not, quality is to be improved to meet them. In highly disturbed (HD) areas, water quality is to be improved so that it achieves the WQOs.

As EVs and WQOs are defined for Queensland Waters, they are added to Schedule 1 of the EPP(Water). For areas where EVs and WQOs have not yet been defined, a Healthy Waters Management Plan (HWMP) or Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) may be used in local decision making. State information on water quality may be obtained from the Queensland Water Quality Guidelines (QWQG) and national information from the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (ANZECC). Each of these documents state the importance of defining local guidelines and objectives.

Spatial datasets

Spatial datasets for scheduled areas are available from the Queensland Spatial Catalogue, Qspatial. Search for ‘EPP’.

Related information

Contact details

For further information please contact the Healthy Waters Team:

Last updated
16 June 2017