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Economic and social impact assessment of water quality improvement.

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by K Alam, John RolfeJohn Rolfe, P Donaghy
Water quality in Queensland’s rivers, coasts and estuaries varies considerably, ranging from some in pristine condition to others in very poor condition. Despite a range of government programs and initiatives, levels in many areas have continued to decline. Declining water quality levels impact on communities and stakeholders in a number of ways including direct impacts, impacts on human support systems, and impacts on biodiversity and other ecological systems. This paper demonstrates how setting of more stringent water quality objectives can enhance and protect environmental assets of water resources. There are very large and damaging economic and social impacts associated with further declines in water quality in some specific Queensland water systems. Therefore, the case for averting these impacts by at least maintaining current water quality levels is very strong, justifying a range of current government initiatives to minimise further damages. There is also a strong case for undertaking improved water quality objectives above the current standards through best practice management intervention strategies.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

12

Issue

1

Start Page

85

End Page

102

Number of Pages

18

ISSN

1324-0935

Location

Toowoomba, Qld

Publisher

Regional Science Association, Australian and New Zealand Section

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Environmental Management; Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries; Faculty of Business; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australasian journal of regional studies.