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Key points for Management Plan

by Dr Lilliana Corredor,

Hi

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

Cabarita Beach

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Admin Commented ScottG over 4 years ago
Thank you for your input and questions, Lilliana, The program of works for the Tweed River Estuary Coastal Management Program (CMP) follows the five-stage approach set out in the Draft Coastal Management Manual (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, 2015). Stage 1 involves reviewing current information and engaging with the community and stakeholders to identify current issues and knowledge gaps. There are a number of previous and ongoing studies and investigations under review, including assessments of water quality and inputs to the river, including agricultural land run-off, all licenced discharges to the river (such as sewage treatment plants) and tip leachates. Stage 2 (starting in 2017) includes a number of detailed studies: such as a comprehensive assessment of water quality throughout the estuary (ongoing TSC monitoring program); acid sulfate runoff; coastal hazards; and targeted ecological investigations. Based on the results of the assessments, we will identify key processes, problems and threats to the ecological health of the estuary. These outcomes will be essential in developing actions to address issues and improve estuary health, which will feed into the Program’s development. Stage 3 will evaluate risks and develop actions. Stage 4 will prepare, exhibit, finalise, certify and adopt the CMP. Stage 5 is the Program’s implementation. The CMP’s development is being overseen by the Tweed River Committee, which consists of Council staff and councillors, key community members/groups and government agency personnel with expertise in coastal management and local issues.
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