About the River Catchment Water Quality InitiativeUnder a funding Agreement with the Tasmanian Government, the Australian Government provided over $1 million to meet the objectives of the Tasmanian River Catchment Water Quality Initiative. This two-and-a-half year Initiative is part of the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement (TCFA), jointly managed by the Australian Government's Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).
The Australian Government established a Community Consultative Committee, which operated as an adjunct to the Initiative to ensure there was a broad range of community involvement with the Initiative.
The overall objective of the Initiative was to contribute to the assessment of pesticide use on water quality in Tasmania’s river catchments. In meeting this objective, the Initiative was designed around four separate components or projects, which are all described in separate reports available below.
Since January 2005 the baseline and flood-monitoring program has been in place. This program monitors for pesticides in Tasmanian waterways. As a starting point, enhancements to this program will be informed through a suite of target pesticides identified in the Initiative's Pesticide Usage project. The pesticide monitoring program will be further enhanced by utilising PIRI-Tas.
PIRI was first developed by CSIRO and is currently being used both nationally and internationally by a number of organisations.
The research identified links between off-site movement of pesticides and factors such as:
For further information or a hard copy of any these reports:
Contact: Tasmanian River Catchment Water Quality InitiativeKate Wilson
Project Manager (Pesticide Water Monitoring)
13 St Johns Avenue NEW TOWN TAS 7008
Phone: 03 6233 3094
Fax: 03 6233 6881
Department switchboard: 1300 368 505 (local call cost within Australia)
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