Estuary Water Quality Data Compilation - SOC 2010

Estuary water quality data (chlorophyll a, salinity and turbidity) were accessed and collated from a wide range of sources in 2007/2008 to assist with the production of the 'Estuaries and Coastal Lakes' theme of the first round of NSW State of the Catchments (SOC) reports.; ; Data sources included NSW government departments, local councils, water supply authorities, universities and consultants. The original data were collected for a variety of reasons including:; compliance with environmental standards (ie assess the impact of STPs on receiving waters) ; SoE reporting; planning and management; research; ; The source data have been compiled into one Excel spreadsheet with 78 fixed format Excel worksheets, one for each estuary. Where provided the location of water quality monitoring sites is provided as a spatial dataset.; ; The method of data collection, units of measure, data quality, and period of record varies between data providers. Data were subjected to a quality assurance process before being accepted into the database. Some data are subject to agreement with the individual data providers and have been removed from the dataset.; ; The data were used for developing a new classification system based on the response of chlorophyll a to nutrient loading from the catchment. The classification system was then applied to defining reference condition, trigger values (chlorophyll a and turbidity) for management action and the extent of compliance of water samples with the trigger values.

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Language English
Edition Not known
Purpose This estuary dataset was developed under a new Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) Program initiated by the NSW Government in 2007 to assess and better manage the health of natural resources across the State. The MER Program is in response to the NSW Natural Resources MER Strategy which has the objective of providing appropriate information for decision-making by natural resource managers.
Frequency of change Irregular
Keywords MARINE-Estuaries
Metadata Date 2010-08-19
Date of Asset Creation 2010-08-19
Date of Asset Revision 2011-09-19
Date of Asset Publication 2010-08-19
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Equivalent Scale 1
Geospatial Topic Oceans

Dataset extent

Temporal Coverage From 1978-01-01 - 2009-01-06
Datum GDA94 Geographic (Lat\Long)
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Attribution Department of Planning and Environment asserts the right to be attributed as author of the original material in the following manner: "© State Government of NSW and Department of Planning and Environment 2010"