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Controlling pollution in the Derwent Estuary, Tasmania : issues of standards and management


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Chapman, JD 1992 , 'Controlling pollution in the Derwent Estuary, Tasmania : issues of standards and management', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The Derwent estuary, Tasmania has been described as one of the most
polluted estuaries in Australia, yet it supports a population of only 172 000
people and has only 3 major industries discharging effluent into its waters.
This study aims to provide an historical overview of the use of the estuary
that has caused it to receive such a reputation and to examine the responses
by governments to controlling pollution since the problems were recognised
in the early 1970's.
A review of the major reports by scientists and other professionals
concerning the impacts of pollution on the estuarine system over the last
twenty years has been included to indicate the types of projects that have
been undertaken in response to the perceived problems. Most studies, until
recently, have been done to examine a single issue, such as heavy metals in
fish, or the impact of wood fibre or sewage effluent. The review also
provides a comprehensive summary of the current state of knowledge about
the Derwent estuary and a background of information on which the political
response and management strategies to date can be assessed.
The rehabilitation of the tidal Thames, England is examined with a view to
determining the processes that made it successful and which may be
modified to suit a programme of rehabilitation for the Derwent estuary. A
possible future institutional arrangement for care of the Derwent catchment
is proposed. This entails the establishment of a central body which would
concentrate on consulting the community to determine their priorities for
the estuary. The task of undertaking a systematic baseline study of the
estuary would be also be the responsibility of such a body. Both these tasks
must be undertaken before making decisions about future management

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Chapman, JD
Keywords: Estuarine pollution, Water
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 1993. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 134-144)

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