Water Quality Improvement Plan

The Water Quality Improvement Plan outlines the recommended management actions to reduce pollutant loads in the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers catchments (TEER).

Focus

The Water Quality Improvement Plan 2015 (WQIP) has been developed for the greater Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) catchment area to:

  • provide a comprehensive whole-of-catchment picture of water quality in the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary and its tributaries;
  • develop an understanding of the drivers of any water quality issues and the levers that can be used to address these; and
  • identify priority activities to address water quality issues.

The plan aims to provide direction to all catchment stakeholders on the role they can play in protecting and improving water quality in the TEER catchment, and provides a framework and processes to report on their progress towards achieving and updating these targets.

TEER WQIP details current loads, condition and sources of pollutants, pressures and opportunities of land use change, load and condition targets and recommended management actions. Development of the plan has involved substantial consultation and engagement with the community and key stakeholders where those engaged could provide suggestions and feedback on the direction and content of the WQIP. Stakeholders were engaged through community forums, key stakeholder workshops, presentations to councils and industry, one-on-one meetings, emails and the TEER Program committees.

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Improving water quality in the upper Tamar estuary is a priority activity.
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The TEER catchment supports areas of agricultural value.

Value

The Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) catchment area covers 10,000km2 (approximately 15% of Tasmania). It supports urbanised areas, agricultural activities, industrial operations and recreational pursuits as well as having rich and diverse aquatic ecosystems. The estuary supports a diverse range of use and environmental values, including a large industrial area at Bell Bay, salmon farming operations, fishing, swimming, tourist boats and highly valued waterfront commercial and residential areas.

Delivery

Managing such a complex system to improve water quality means it will require action by a very broad section of the community. It is recognised that the WQIP will need to be implemented by a range of key stakeholders for water quality advancement so catchment stakeholders have been engaged throughout its development.

Recommended management actions to reduce pollutant loads in the catchment cover dryland grazing, management of dairy, crop, forest and stormwater systems, urban expansion in the Greater Launceston area, scope of TasWater improvements, heavy metals and scientific investigations, modelling and monitoring.

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The WQIP provides a comprehensive whole-of-catchment picture of water quality.

Partners

This project was supported through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program, and developed by the TEER Program with funding and support from:

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Partners

This project was supported through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program, and developed by the TEER Program with funding and support from:

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Water Program & Projects

Water Program

Return to the Water Program.

TEER Program

Working together to protect, restore and enhance the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers systems from 'catchment to coast'.

Protecting the supply of drinking water

Shared information and resources to improve the management strategies used at Lake Trevallyn.

Ecosystem health of the Tamar

Data collected under the Ecosystem Health Assessment Program is used to produce the Tamar Estuary Report Card.