Setting water quality objectives to protect environmental assets: why it is difficult to measure changes?

Alam, Khorshed and Rolfe, John and Donaghy, Peter (2005) Setting water quality objectives to protect environmental assets: why it is difficult to measure changes? In: 6th International Cities, Town Centres & Communities Conference: The Place of the Future (ICTC 2005), 31 May–3 Jun 2005, Yeppoon, Australia.


Formulating plans and strategies to protect environmental assets of fresh, estuarine and marine waters require setting of appropriate water quality objectives. Each environmental asset requires a certain level of water quality to be maintained. The focus of water quality objectives recently adopted in Australia has been shifted from maintaining drinking water quality to ecosystem
protection. Based on environmental assets identified in the Douglas Shire waters and their associated water quality objectives, this paper discusses difficulties in establishing causality between intervention strategies and expected water quality improvements at the community and
stakeholders’ level.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions, but permanent restricted access to paper at author's request.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 03:13
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: Douglas Shire; SedNet; non-market benefits; water quality improvement
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090508 Water Quality Engineering
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960912 Urban and Industrial Water Management

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