Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

Focus on Queensland news.
Recycled water analysis, contamination by non-biological agents (eg, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, disinfection by-products, endocrine disrupters, environmental nutrients.
Journal articles have a broader geographic scope.

Senators move to give CSG whistleblower air

Sydney Morning Herald Peter Hannam 1 March 2015

Coal seam gas projects worth almost $50 billion are under fresh scrutiny, after allegations of rushed, incomplete approval processes that sidelined possible environmental impacts.

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Queensland farmers hope new reef taskforce does not ruin goodwill

ABC Rural Eliza Rogers 27 Feb. 2015

Cane farmers hope a new taskforce to improve runoff into the Great Barrier Reef does not introduce red tape and spoil goodwill.
The reef now had its own portfolio in the Queensland Labor Government, and its minister is committing $100 million to improving water quality.
A taskforce representing the farming, resources, tourism, conservation and science sectors will review existing programs and advise the State Government on where to direct the funding.

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Farmers tell their own Great Barrier Reef reef protection story

Brisbane Times Tony Moore February 19, 2015

Dozens of Queensland farmers, a soft drink company and a global environmental movement have formed an unlikely partnership to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
Farmers from Mackay, Burdekin and Whitsundays regions of Central Queensland on Thursday launched a video as part of Project Catalyst, which was funded by the cane farmers, the Coca Cola Foundation and the WWF-Australia.
The six-year project was managed by a series of not-for-profit land resource organisations working in the river catchments.

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NSW government tips in extra $23m to monitor water amid coal, CSG fears

Sydney Morning Herald Peter Hannam 12 February 2015

The Baird government plans to spend an extra $23 million to improve water mapping and monitoring in the state and help douse community disquiet over major mining projects.

The NSW Office of Water will use the additional funds, to be spent over the next five years, to install a further 70 groundwater monitoring bores in priority areas.

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The water industry needs to join the fight against superbugs

The Conversation Peter Fisher, Peter Collignon 9 February 2015

Treatment plants’ ability to strip out waste drugs varies enormously according to age, level of expertise and design standard. Even the best ones don’t remove all foreign chemicals. Advanced treatment processes are designed more for removing pathogens than for breaking down molecules, although chlorination and what’s known in the trade as “ozonation” do have some ability to change the chemistry of drug molecules (to exactly what is unclear).

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AWA 2015 Water Innovation Forum

The Australian Water Association is holding its inaugural Innovation Forum in March, showcasing the best water innovations and technologies across the water, construction, food and beverage and agricultural industries and highlighting opportunities for water innovation across these sectors.

The event will feature a conference, exhibition, training workshop, networking events, and innovation pitch sessions.

This is your chance to hear from some of Australia’s leaders in innovation including:

  • Prof. Ian Chubb – Australia’s Chief Scientist
  • Candice Quatermain – Program Director Circular Economy Australia
  • Kevin Russo – Partner, Deloitte Consulting
  • Jeremy Daunay – Innovation Leader, ijinus

The program also includes an optional four-hour Technology Commercialisation and Adoption Workshop. The Workshop will give innovators the opportunity to engage in a dynamic format and receive advice on the best way to present the value proposition of their solution. It will provide support by giving guidance in IP protection and customer insights, reviewing marketing pitches, and advice from experts who will share their experiences of success.

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Investigation into 100 dead green turtles at Upstart Bay

Brisbane Times Lucy Smith February 4, 2015

A mystery stranding of more than 100 green turtles over two weeks in 2012 has prompted research into water quality at Upstart Bay near Ayr.
A James Cook University research team has begun searching for high levels of metals in the water, seagrass, sediment and algae.
Dr Colette Thomas, the leader of the water quality team, said metal levels in the environment would be compared with levels in the stranded turtles.

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