Review of the NSW Water Quality Objectives

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Overview

The NSW Water Quality Objectives guide decisions about managing the state’s waterways.

Water Quality Objectives exist for 31 river catchment areas in NSW.

They make sure that planning reflects the values of local communities by outlining:

  • the things people enjoy about their local waterways
  • what they want to achieve for their waterways.

The Water Quality Objectives help ensure local communities will enjoy the benefits of healthy waterways now and into the future.

This action will pilot the review and update the Water Quality Objectives in targeted NSW coastal catchment areas to ensure they reflect current community values.

It will also develop guidelines for future reviews of the Water Quality Objectives across the rest of NSW.

Lead agency

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Environment, Energy and Science (DPIE-EES)

Locations

  • South Creek catchment
  • Manning River catchment
  • Northern Beaches Local Government Area

Partners

  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Environment, Energy and Science
  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Water
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries)
  • NSW Environment Protection Authority
  • Water NSW
  • Northern Beaches Council
  • MidCoast Council
  • Camden Council
  • Campbelltown City Council
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Penrith City Council
  • Blacktown City Council
  • Hawkesbury City Council
  • The Hills Shire Council
  • Fairfield City Council

More information

Visit the NSW Environment, Energy and Science (EES) Group's web page for more information about protecting and managing water quality.

Contact

To find out more, contact:

Jocelyn Dela-Cruz

E - Jocelyn.Dela-Cruz@environment.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated/reviewed: 29 Jun 2020