Key points for Management Plan
I have no idea as to where is the Tweed River & Estuary Management Plan at. You probably already addressed some or all of my issues of concern. Still, it's worth stating what in my opinion are Key issues:
* Have the Point sources of pollution been identified clearly by Council & EPA along the length of the river?
* Has Water Quality been consistently monitored since the fish kill in April -along the whole length of the river?
* Has Water been tested for: pesticides, heavy metals, toxic chemicals from industry, E. coli and other bacteria and viruses?
* Sewage leaks from broken pipes been tested (coloured gas)?
* Sewage leaks from septic systems identified?
* Leachate from landfill monitored?
* Stormwater runoff from high density areas has been monitored?
* Pesticides and fertilizers Run-off from sugar cane farms have been monitored regularly? This would be an obvious fish kill culprit.
* Have bivalves been tested for heavy metals?
* Is there a Catchment Management Committee in the Shire?
* Creating a multi-disciplinary think tank of experts working together is the ideal, i.e. Community, Council & Government Agencies.
I'd appreciate if you can please reply to my questions. This will determine whether I get involved.
I wish to offer my expertise in Water, Catchment Management and Marine Biology on a consulting basis.
Dr Lilliana Corredor
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