• EPA Tasmania
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Information on principal water policy and related strategies and guidelines for protecting or enhancing water quality and sustainably managing Tasmania's surface and groundwater resources.
  • Monitoring Programs
    Water quality monitoring is undertaken by the water section under a range of programs
  • Boat Sewage Management
    The EPA Director has made a Directive on The Discharge of Sewage from Certain Vessels into State Waters to assist boat owners with minimising their impact on inland waterways and the ocean. The Directive is a risk-based approach to sewage discharge which specifies where sewage may and may not be discharged from certain vessels into Tasmanian waters.
  • Legislative Context - Water
    The overarching and legislative framework for managing water quality in Tasmania.
  • PCBs in Tasmanian Water Catchments
    A survey was conducted during 1999-2000 to determine the extent of PCBs and other organochlorine compounds such as DDT and Heptaclor in the Tasmanian environment.
  • PEVs for Tasmanian Surface Waters
    Under the State Policy on Water Quality Management (1997) protected environmental values (PEVs) have been set for freshwater and estuarine surface waters. Regional PEVs for coastal waters (except for several site specific areas) and groundwater have not yet been set.
  • Remediation Programs
    The EPA Division co-ordinates the Savage River Rehabilitation Project.
  • Stormwater
    Information on stormwater management including the State Stormwater Strategy 2012, guidelines for water sensitive urban design and guidelines for sediment and erosion control.
  • Toxicity & Chemical Testing
    Rigorous scientific analysis of water samples in 2005 from the George River catchment in north-east Tasmania, near St Helens, found no man-made chemicals of any sort, but only natural compounds, such as fatty acids which build up as a scummy foam in streams.
  • Water Quality Objectives for Tasmania
    Water Quality Objectives for Tasmania

Water Section
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599 Fax: 03 6173 0254
Email: water@epa.tas.gov.au‚Äč