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Guide to Waste Discharge Licences
Under the Water Act
March 2010




                                                            Photograph: P. Cowan

                                                            Photograph: P. Cowan




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Environment, Heritage and Arts Division
Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport
Level 2, Darwin Plaza
Smith Street Mall, Darwin NT 0800
PO Box 496
Palmerston NT 0831
Phone: (08) 8924 4218
Fax: (08) 8924 4053
Email: enironmentops.nretas@nt.gov.au
Web: www.nt.gov.au/nreta
TRIM EN2010/0036
Date of Last Review: March 2010




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                                               TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.   SCOPE .........................................................................................................................4
2.   PRINCIPLE...................................................................................................................4
3.   INTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................4
4.   DO I NEED A WASTE DISCHARGE LICENSE? .........................................................5
5.   HOW DO I APPLY FOR A WASTE DISCHARGE LICENCE?.....................................5
6.   APPLICATION FOR A WASTE DISCHARGE LICENCE.............................................5
7.   WASTE DISCHARGE LICENCE ................................................................................10
8.   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ........................................................................10
9.   APPENDIX 1 MONITORING PLANS EXAMPLES....................................................13




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1. SCOPE
This guide provides assistance in preparing applications for Waste Discharge Licences in
accordance with the Water Act. The guide provides detailed information for completing
the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport Application for
Waste Discharge Licence.

The Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport (NRETAS) has
prepared this document in good faith, exercising all due care and attention, but no
representation or warranty, express or implied, is made as to the relevance, completeness
or fitness for purpose of this document in respect of any particular user’ s circumstances.
Users of this document should satisfy themselves concerning its application to their
situation and, where necessary, seek expert advice.
2. PRINCIPLE
NRETAS priority is to ensure that licensed activities achieve the best environmental
outcome.     Waste Discharge Licences applications are considered and issued in
association with two key principles:

Recognition of legacy: The recognition that existing discharge activities may have inherent
environmental concerns due to poor performing systems. In some cases this may mean a
primary focus based on upgrading poorly performing systems. Once this is achieved then
more focused attention can be placed on improved environmental performance.

Minimisation of discharge: Discharge should be considered as one option for the
disposition of waste waters. Where no reasonable alternative is available continuous
improvement programs are to be developed and implemented. Minimisation of discharge
equates to improved quality of discharge, reduction of discharge volumes and improved
environmental outcomes.

3. INTRODUCTION
Section 16 of the Northern Territory (NT) Water Act prohibits the pollution of water 1.
Section 74 of the Water Act permits authorisation of waste 2 discharge to water. This
authorisation takes the form of a Waste Discharge Licence (WDL). WDLs are regulatory
instruments used to regulate the quality and quantity of wastewater created by industrial
and commercial operations that are then discharged to receiving waters in the NT.

Licences can only be issued where beneficial uses or water quality objectives for the
receiving waters have been declared by notification in the Gazette pursuant with Section
73 of the Water Act. Beneficial uses (or environmental values) include ecosystem
protection, drinking water, recreation and cultural use, agricultural supply and industrial

1
  Section 72 Water Act 2009, “water” means
           (a) water flowing or contained in a waterway;
           (b) ground water; or
           (c) tidal water.
2
   Waste, as defined by the Water Act 2009, includes matter or a thing, whether wholly or partly in a solid, liquid or gaseous state,
which, if added to water, may pollute the water. Pollute, in relation to water, means directly or indirectly to alter the physical, thermal,
chemical, biological or radioactive properties of the water so as to render it less fit for the prescribed Beneficial Use for which it is or may
reasonable be used, or to cause a condition which is hazardous or potentially hazardous to:
           (a) public health, safety or welfare;
           (b) animals, birds, fish or aquatic life or other organisms; or
           (c) plants

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use. The preferred process for selection of the beneficial uses is via public stakeholder
consultation in accordance with the National Water Quality Management Strategy.

Licensing ensures that wastewater that has been generated by whatever process is
subject to consideration for re-use, reduction in volume and/or pre-treatment and then
allowed to discharge to the environment under conditions that have been established to
ensure the zone of mixing and duration of the wastewater discharge are minimised.
For further information or assistance, please contact the Environment, Heritage and the
Arts Division, Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport
(NRETAS).
4. DO I NEED A WASTE DISCHARGE LICENSE?
You will need to apply for a WDL under the Water Act where any of the following activities
generate significant amounts of wastewater that has the potential to pollute 3 receiving
waters:
      Mining
      Aquaculture
      Dredging
      Sewage effluent
      Marina discharges
      Manufacturing and industry
      Other wastewaters not disposed to sewer via a trade waste agreement with the
      service provider
Licences will be used to address ongoing environmental issues associated with the
discharge of waste. An application for a licence may relate to more than one activity
specified above or an activity that is to be conducted at more than one location.
5. HOW DO I APPLY FOR A WASTE DISCHARGE LICENCE?
You can apply for a WDL by completing the relevant application form which can be
obtained by contacting the Environment, Heritage and the Arts Division, NRETAS or from
our web site, http://www.nt.gov.au/nretas/environment/licences/guides.html.
Details for completing and application for a WDL can be found in section 4 of this guide.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they obtain the appropriate licence
relevant to their activities.
Penalties exist for conducting waste discharge without a current licence.
6. APPLICATION FOR A WASTE DISCHARGE LICENCE
Application forms are available from the Environment, Heritage and the Arts Division,
NRETAS or from our web site,
http://www.nt.gov.au/nretas/environment/licences/guides.html.
This section includes an explanation of the information required in the application form and
examples of completed questions.


3
  Pollute, as defined by the Water Act, 2009, in relation to water, means directly or indirectly to alter the physical,
thermal, chemical, biological or radioactive properties of the water so as to render it less fit for the prescribed Beneficial
Use for which it is or may reasonable be used, or to cause a condition which is hazardous or potentially hazardous to:
          (d) public health, safety or welfare;
          (e) animals, birds, fish or aquatic life or other organisms; or
          (f) plants



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   1. APPLICANT DETAILS
This section needs to be completed by the person or entity that will hold the Licence. The
applicant must be the person, body corporate, statutory authority, Council or incorporated
association with overall management and control of operations. A contractor may hold the
licence but only where the contractual arrangements are such that the contractor has
overall management and control.
Licences can not be issued to a partnership, a joint venture name or a trading name. If
several individuals operate a partnership the WDL can be issued to one or more of the
persons involved. Where a company is the operator, it is essential that the company holds
the licence not an individual manager. The name of the company licensed must be the full
registered name of the company.
   2. LOCATION OF PREMISE TO BE LICENCED
The location of the premises must be clearly identified. Identification details including Folio
identifier or volume-folio, Registered Deed number and/or Mine Lease Northern (MLN)
numbers must be provided as applicable.
The coordinates for the points of interchange for the boundaries of the site must be
included. For example, if the site is close to rectangular, four sets of coordinates taken at
the corners of the rectangle would be sufficient, however, if the site is a different shape
please include as many readings as necessary to clearly identify the land included.
It is important to record the datum used for these coordinates, as this is necessary to
define the coordinate system. If possible record the coordinates using the Datum GDA94
which is the most current datum. The coordinates may be recorded in longitude and
latitude using the format degrees, minutes and seconds or eastings and northings. If a
map is used to determine the location it is necessary to include the map details.
   3. EMERGENCY CONTACT
This question asks for information about who will be the emergency contact for the
licensed activity. In the event of an incident this person must be contactable 24 hours a
day and be capable of responding to the incident.
   4. CONSENT OF OWNER/OCCUPIER
This section is required if the applicant is not the owner, it is necessary to provide
evidence of consent for the land use, by the owner, before a licence will be issued. A copy
of a letter from the owner to the applicant expressing consent would be sufficient.
If the applicant owns the site it is not necessary to complete this section.
   5. ACTIVITY
You are asked to specify the activities which generate the waste water require a licence.
   6. DISCHARGE POINTS
You must provide details of all discharge point pertaining to your operations as listed.
It is important to record the datum used for these coordinates, as this is necessary to
define the coordinate system. If possible record the coordinates using the Datum GDA94
which is the most current datum. The coordinates may be recorded in longitude and
latitude using the format degrees, minutes and seconds or eastings and northings. If a
map is used to determine the location it is necessary to include the map details.



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The description of the discharge point(s) must include proximity of the discharges to
waterways, and an assessment of the sensitivity/significance from an environmental,
cultural, and or economic perceptive. Beneficial use declarations will assist in identifying
environmental values and are available on the NRETAS website at:
http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/water/beneficial/pdf/bud.pdf.

   7. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

In order for NRETAS to determine the issue of a WDL under the Water Act the following
additional documentation is to be provided to assist in the determination.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
If your proposed activity(ies) required formal assessment under the Environmental
Assessment Act you need to submit your EIS and details of how the requirements of the
EIS will be implemented and adhered to, with your licence application.
Please contact the Environmental Assessments Unit of NRETAS if you require further
information regarding formal environmental assessment in regards to your proposed
activities.

Development Consent Authority Permit
All developments, new and/or modifications to existing activities, including zone changes,
require a Development Consent Permit which is issued by the Development Consent
Authority under the provisions of the Planning Act. You will need to submit your
development consent permit and details of how consent conditions will be met, with your
licence application.
Please contact the Development Consent Authority for further information regarding
obtaining a Development Consent Permit

Water Management Plan

For organisations that are required to have a Water Management Plan as per the Mining
Management Act a copy of this approved Water Management Plan must be submitted with
this application.

Water Discharge Licence Justification

A justification for why a WDL is being applied for must be submitted with all WDL
applications. This justification must demonstrate that alternative methods for the
disposition of waste water have been given serious consideration. Alternative methods of
disposition should include a review of waste water treatment options and recycling.

A comparative analysis of considered options should be presented including a cost-benefit
analysis which incorporates environmental criteria.

Future Discharge Reduction Plan

A Future Discharge Reduction Plan should be submitted as a demonstration of
commitment to the reduction of discharge and/or elimination of WDL through improved
wastewater quality.

Location Map in relation to surrounding area and land uses


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Locality map drawn to scale showing:
   o Scale bars;
   o True north;
   o Contours;
   o Site boundaries;
   o Other adjoining premises (residential, commercial and/or industrial);
   o All sensitive ecological receptors and local water drainage areas, including all
     nearby creeks, wetlands, lakes, rivers, endangered flora and fauna, local habitats.
   o Discharge points and expected flow or course to receiving waters.
   o The location of proposed monitoring points including control points unaffected by
     discharge.
Site design, layout and discharge process diagrams
Scale diagrams of site design, layout and discharge processes showing:
   o True north
   o Existing and/or proposed facilities;
   o Plans and cross-sectional drawings of proposed works, including inlet and outlet
     points, baffles or other works to be installed at the discharge point.
   o A longitudinal-section drawing along the outfall drainpipe or diffuser for the disposal
     of effluent to waters.
   o A schematic flow diagram of the treatment and disposal process proposed,
     including a piping and instrument diagram where appropriate.

Discharge Schedule

A discharge schedule must be submitted with the WDL application. The discharge
schedule must be specific for each discharge point. It must indicate discharge flow rates,
duration of discharge, discharge volume(s), time(s) of discharge and discharge patterns.

The discharge schedule must demonstrate consideration of water cycle influences based
on tides and seasonal variations.

Discharge Specifications
Discharge specifications, specific to each discharge point, must include a description of
mechanisms for control and measure of discharge, and details of major items of
equipment (for example aerators, diffusers, sprinkler types, pumps).
Discharge specifications must include a description of the concentration of pollutants both
before and after treatment at discharge. Pollutants and/or indicators are defined in
accordance with the type of activity and assessment criteria determined by the beneficial
use of the receiving waters.
Discharge specifications should include acceptance criteria and trigger values. They must
take into consideration the characteristics and hydrology of the receiving waters and the
cumulative effects of a number of pollutants.

Monitoring Plan



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Discharge schedules and discharge specifications must provide details pertaining to the
type of monitoring that will be undertaken, the schedule of when these activities are to take
place, how they are reported and how the data will be used.
The Monitoring Plan should include acceptance criteria, trigger values and contingency
plans should discharge not meet the criteria.
The Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC)
Guidelines for Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting and the Australian/New Zealand
Standards for Water Quality AS 5667 provide suitable references for the development of
monitoring plans and selection of appropriate monitoring points.
Appendix 1 provides examples of Monitoring Plans. It is important to note that these are
examples only and should not be used as templates for developing your own Monitoring
Plan.

Analytical Reports
Analysis of microbiological and physico-chemical parameters of discharge waters must be
conducted by laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities
(NATA). A NATA endorsed report for the most recent analysis conducted in accordance
with the discharge specifications and monitoring plans must be provided with the licence
application.

For existing activities and existing licensed activities a tablature and trend analysis of
analytical results for discharge must be provided. These results must reflect the
assessment criteria and discharge specifications in accordance with the defined
monitoring.

For new activities, comparative microbiological and physico-chemical data of discharge
water and a control point in the receiving waters must be submitted as part of the
application.

Conceptual Hydro-geological Model
A hydro-geological model must be simulated to assess potential for groundwater
contamination this should include:
   • an assessment and investigation of local and regional geology and hydrogeology;
   • identification of water bearing zones and aquifers (e.g. perched, unconfined
      groundwater at shallow depth and semi-confined or confined groundwater at greater
      depth);
   • investigation of flow domain including the expected elevation of the water table,
      potentiometric surfaces, hydraulic gradients, likely flow directions, sources of
      recharge, possible seepage points and other hydraulic boundaries
   • identification of potential receptors including current and realistic future water users,
      surface water bodies and groundwater dependent ecosystems

Note: the NRETAS website (http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/water/ground/index.html) may
provide useful information on bore locations.

Environmental Aspects and Impacts Register

A register which identifies the environmental aspects and impacts associated with waste
water discharge specific to discharge points and receiving waters which have or can have
a significant impact on the environment.        All environmental aspects and impacts
associated with waste water discharge specific to discharge points and receiving waters

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must have appropriate management/mitigation controls in place. Details as to how the
environmental aspects will be managed must be provided.
The register should:
   • describe existing environmental conditions prior to discharge as evidence of
      baseline data from which to measure impact of discharge
   • identify potential pollutants and estimate discharges by quantity, source and
      discharge point;
   • estimate the nature and extent of all pollutants (surface waters, groundwater and
      sediment);
   • describe the impact of pollutant concentration in the environment based on
      biological, chemical, and ecotoxicological evidence, including an assessment of the
      cumulative impact on the receiving waters
   • the methodology use for the assessment
   • the assessment must identify gaps in information and data relevant to significant
      impacts of the proposal and actions proposed to address the gaps so as the enable
      the development of appropriate management actions

Emergency Response Plan
You must provide an emergency response plan detailing how environmental incidents (i.e.
unauthorised discharge) will be managed. The plan should include the provision of
training and the components and location of suitably equipped spill kits.

Compliance Plan
You must provide details of your proposed means of auditing compliance with WDL
conditions.
   8. DECLARATION
This declaration must be completed by the applicant or by a person(s) who is/are
authorised to act for the applicant.


7. WASTE DISCHARGE LICENCE
Your WDL package will contain:
   o A list of key NRETAS contacts and due dates
   o Your Water Discharge Licence

8. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How will a Licence affect my activities?
A licence, in addition to giving permission to lawfully undertake certain activities, will
impose a number of conditions on the licensee. Such conditions may include, but are not
limited to:
   o provision of financial assurance.
   o carry out specified measures or to achieve specified results necessary to manage
     wastes or control pollution.
   o conform to specified standards.
   o carry out specified testing or monitoring and provide the results.



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What are the penalties in relation to waste discharge and the Water Act?
Refer to Section 16 and 76 of the Water Act.

For what term will WDL be granted?
In accordance with the Water Act a licence shall be granted for a period not exceeding two
years.
Licences can be of longer duration, subject to the Minister’s discretion. All licences are
reviewed for compliance with licence conditions. Licences are renewed where necessary
to ensure continuity for on-going operations but otherwise lapse until a new licence is
negotiated. For example, mining and dredging activities may respectively have a licence
restricted to wet season discharges or only issued for the period of dredge operations.
The term of a licence will be determined by the Chief Executive and specified in the
licence. The term of the licence will depend on a number of factors including the
nature and scale of the activity.

Can I renew my Licence?
Yes, licence applications can be renewed. This process requires submission of a Waste
Discharge Licence Application. Licence applications must be submitted with the
necessary supporting documentation, not earlier than 90 days, and not later than 30 days,
before the Licence expires.
In determining whether to reissue licences and what conditions will be imposed the
extent of compliance with the licence and other regulatory tools will be considered.
The application form can be obtained by contacting the Environment, Heritage and the
Arts       Division,       NRETAS          or      from         our  web        site,
http://www.nt.gov.au/nretas/environment/licences/guides.html. .

What if I want to change a WDL condition?
You will need to resubmit an Application for Waste Discharge. The form is available
by contacting the Environment, Heritage and the Arts Division, NRETAS or from our
web site, http://www.nt.gov.au/nretas/environment/licences/guides.html.


Can NRETAS change a Licence condition one it has been issued?
The Chief Executive of the NRETAS may amend a Licence condition or impose a new
condition if:
    o the Act has not been complied with;
    o if there is a risk of pollution resulting in material or serious environmental harm; or
    o if it is necessary for the purposes of an Environment Protection Objective.
This may also occur if the Licence is being downgraded from a Best Practice Licence or
upgraded to a Best Practice Licence or the Licence is being transferred.

What if I need to transfer my WDL?
You will need to resubmit an Application for Waste Discharge. The form is available
by contacting the Environment, Heritage and the Arts Division, NRETAS or from our
web site, http://www.nt.gov.au/nretas/environment/licences/guides.html.



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What if I cease operations?
If a licence holder ceases an activity to which a licence they hold relates, they must notify
the Chief Executive, NRETAS, within 14 days after ceasing the activity. Penalties may
apply for failure to notify.

Is my Licence publicly available?
Yes Licences are public documents, which are displayed on the public register available
on the NRETAS website http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/environment/waste/register/index.html.
However, commercially confidential information will not be published if the application
details commercially confidential information. The onus of establishing commercial
confidentiality rests with the Licensee.

Any other questions?
Please contact the Environment, Heritage and the Arts Division of the Department of
Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport.




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9. APPENDIX 1 MONITORING PLANS EXAMPLES

Example 1: Remote Area Waste Water Treatment Plant

                                      MONITORING PLAN
PROJECT DETAILS
Project Name:__________________________________________________
Project Code: __________________________________________________
Project Description: _____________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
Project Leader(s):
Organisation:


Contact details
Address: ______________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
Phone: _______________________________________________________
Fax: _________________________________________________________
Email: ________________________________________________________
Web: _________________________________________________________


Project duration: _____________________________
Start date:__________________________________
End date: __________________________________
Review date:________________________________


OBJECTIVES


1. Why are you monitoring?
What is the issue(s) or problem(s) being investigated?
Provide a short explanation
What are your reasons for monitoring?
Tick the relevant boxes
       Establish baseline data /identify current condition
       Monitor trends through time


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       Detect any pollution events
       Assess compliance with guidelines for a human use (eg. recreation, irrigation)
       Estimate sediment/nutrient inputs (loads) during high flow events


2. How will the data be used?
Community waterway monitoring data can be used at different scales. It is very important
that the data collected is compatible with the expected use of the data, for your group and
potential data users.
Tick the relevant box to indicate scales of use
Local scale
  To raise awareness among fellow school students about the general health of the local
   creek
  To identify any major water quality issues or ‘hotspots’
  To develop a catchment management plan
  To decide where to place a new sewage treatment facility
  To develop a conceptual groundwater model or to assess potential impacts on
   groundwater (this is particularly relevant in areas where groundwater is used for
   domestic use)
  Other (provide details) ______________________________________
Regional scale
  To evaluate the effectiveness of a Water Quality Improvement Plan
  To measure progress towards regional water quality targets (resource condition targets)
  To report on the ‘state’ of the region
  Other (provide details) ______________________________________
Territory scale
  For State of Environment reporting
  To refine or develop water quality guidelines
  Other (provide details) ______________________________________


3. What data quality do you require?
Tick the relevant box (only tick one box). Select the most stringent category that your data
will be used for.
      Demonstrative
      Indicative
      Analytical


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      Details of                         Data quality categories
     categories            Demonstrative        Indicative           Analytical
 Accuracy &              Lower level        Medium level         Higher level
precision of data
Tolerable Error          High                       Medium                Low
Range (TER)              (eg. ±10% for phys-        (eg. ± 5% for phys-   (eg. ± 2-3% for
                         chem monitoring)           chem monitoring)      phys-chem
                                                                          monitoring)
Data uses                Demonstrate                General indication    State of
                         waterway conditions        of waterway           Environment
                                                    conditions            reporting
                         Raise community or
                         school students’           Background studies Assist government
                         awareness about                               agencies to refine
                         waterway health                               or develop water
                         concepts and issues                           quality guidelines

                         Training in general                              Assist with
                         waterway monitoring                              academic research
                         techniques                                       activities



Activity:
* Compile existing information
Develop your understanding of the issue and the catchment/waterway through:
  • Published scientific and technical reports
  • Water quality and stream condition data
  • Community and stakeholder knowledge
  • Land use maps and plans

Collate, review and store this information.
    Existing information compiled

* Develop a conceptual model
Develop a conceptual model (a diagram of your current understanding of the ‘issue’ and of
processes causing and being impacted by the issue). Include:
• the main components of the waterway and linkages
• cause and effect relationships
• the main problems or questions to be answered
• what to measure in your waterway (valid parameters and indicators)
• spatial boundaries and site selection

Draw on a separate sheet or using a software program.
  Conceptual model developed


Develop your objectives statement

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Sum it all up! Provide an objectives statement that includes general reference to WHAT,
WHERE, WHEN and WHY you will be monitoring.


STUDY DESIGN
4. What is your study type?
Tick the relevant box
  Snapshot assessment
  Ambient (routine) monitoring
  Load-based (event) monitoring
  Impact assessment
  Restoration assessment
  Compliance monitoring
  Investigative studies


5. What will you monitor?
Tick the relevant boxes and/or list additional indicators
Physico-chemical indicators
Water            Electrical         Dissolved        pH                Turbidity
temperature      conductivity       oxygen
                                    concentration
Transparency     Total              Total            Filterable        Total reactive
                 suspended          phosphorous      reactive          phosphorous
                 solids                              phosphorous
Total nitrogen   Kjeldahl           Pesticides       Heavy             Water depth
                 nitrogen                            metals
Flow velocity    Flow               Depth to         Chlorophyll-a
                 discharge          groundwater


Biological indicators
Macroinvertebrates        Fish              Frogs         Waterbirds     Aquatic
                                                                         macrophytes
Algae                     Diatoms           Enterococci




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Aquatic habitat & stream condition indicators
In-stream         Riparian         Bed & bank        Channel
habitat           vegetation       stability         habitat




6. Where will you monitor?
What are the geographic boundaries of the project?
Provide a brief description (eg. River catchment or ocean outfall)


At what scale will you be monitoring?
Tick the relevant box (only tick one box)
      region
      sub-region
      catchment
      sub-catchment
      paddock-scale
      plume or mixing zone development


What type of waterbodies will you be monitoring?
Tick the relevant box(es)
      upland streams
      lowland streams
      estuarine
      coastal & marine
      wetlands
      lakes & reservoirs
      farm dam
      groundwater
      other (provide details) ___________________________________


Where are your sites located?
Fill in your site location details on the sheet attached. Also attach a map of your sites.


7. When and how often will you monitor?
Tick the relevant box

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      Once-off
      Routine
      Event


Fill in the section relevant to your project
Once-off:
Date of monitoring: ________________________
Routine:
Monitoring start date:        _________________________
Monitoring end date:          _________________________
Monitoring frequency:         _________________________
Event:
What event will trigger sampling? ____________________________
Sampling frequency during event: ____________________________
When will you finish sampling?                 ____________________________
How many events will be monitored?             ____________________________


MONITORING METHODS
8. What methods will you use?
Method: ______________________________________________
Provide details of the method used and/or reference to the standard operating procedures
that you will be using
Equipment: ___________________________________________
Provide details of the type, make and model of equipment that you will be using. Also
state the range of the equipment (eg. 0-5±0.3◦C).
Units of measurement: __________________________________
Quality assurance procedures
Calibration: ___________________________________________
Equipment maintenance:_________________________________
Participant competency:__________________________________
Quality control checks: __________________________________
Other: _____________________________________________


DATA MANAGEMENT, INTERPRETATION, REPORTING & COMMUNICATION
9. Who will be involved and how?


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Fill in the details of all project participants on the sheet attached


10. How will the data be managed & reported?
Where will the data be stored?
Tick the relevant boxes
       Local hard drive
       Local network drive
       Hard copy
       External organisation database
Whose drive or database?: ____________________________________
Specific location on computer: (eg. file name and path) _____________
How will the data be managed?
Provide details of the data trail (including reference to any QA procedures).
How will the data be reported?
Provide details of the type(s) of communication that will be used as well as the audience.
When will the data be reported?
Provide details of the frequency of reporting as well as the time of year.


11. How will you ensure confidence in your data?
If you have followed the steps and prompts in this monitoring plan framework and carefully
researched your answers to each question, you will have established a quality assurance
framework. This will ensure confidence in the data collected by your monitoring project
and the plan will demonstrate this to others.


However, to implement your quality assurance (data confidence) framework, the remaining
QA documents that you should develop before monitoring commences are:


Standard operating procedures (incl. laminated versions for volunteers to take out in field)
           o Field sampling
           o Calibration of equipment
           o Maintenance of equipment
           o Data management
   -   Record sheets
           o Field sheets
           o Calibration log book

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           o Equipment maintenance log book
           o Participant training log book
           o Health & Safety record sheets




Example 2: Monitoring Surface Water - Mines


   •   Objectives

   •   Brief executive summary

   •   A clear statement of scope of work (here it would be important to outline the
       development of a conceptual site model and how the monitoring will be used to add
       to it or validate it - noting that NRETAS interests are focussed on the off-site
       migration issues i.e. impact on the wider environment)


Site identification
    • locality chart
    • current site plan with scale bars showing north, local water drainage and other local
       environmentally significant features as well as main area of site works

Monitoring
  • Summary of reasons for monitoring
  • site map in A3 clearly showing discharge point and all monitoring and any other
      sample locations points; and where possible
  • a table on the map showing monitoring results over a certain period say 2 years
      monitoring identification processes and sampling depths
  • the site plan could also show the extent soil and groundwater contamination
      exceeding selected assessment criteria if available

Sampling and analysis plan
         o Analyte list
         o Detailed description of sampling methods including
         o Sample containers
         o Sampling devices and equipment to be used
         o Equipment decontamination processes
         o Sample handling procedures
         o Sample preservation methods and references to recognised protocols –
            APHA, etc
         o Field screening processes

Field QA/QC
    • Decontamination procedures carried out between sampling events
    • Logs of each groundwater sample collected if appropriate
    • Chain of custody processes
    • Sampling splitting techniques if any


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   •   Statement of duplicate frequency
   •   Field blank results
   •   Background sampling
   •   Rinse processes
   •   Lab prepared spikes to be used if any
   •   Trip blanks to be used if any
   •   Field instrument calibration proceses where used


Laboratory QA/QC and results reporting
   • record of holding times and a comparison of method specification
   • Analytical method to be used
   • Lab accreditation for analytical methods used
   • Description of surrogates and spikes to be sued
   • How the results will be reported (%recoveries, instrument detection limits, past
      instrument detection limits or practical quantitation limits. Standard solutions
      reference to be used, daily check samples; lab prepared blanks, relative percent
      differences and how the above are to be used)
   • QA/QC data evaluation ; and
   • Details of statistical analysis of results and evaluation against clean up criteria and
      how the results are to be reported e.g. max/min or 95%UCL – the letter however
      only for soil) and
   • interpretations.


Analysis and interpretation e.g.

Statistical analysis of results and interpretation
   • Outline the proposed statistical approach
   • Outline of proposed evaluation against clean up criteria
   • Outline of the results are to be reported e.g. max/min or 95%UCL – the latter
        however not applicable to waters and groundwater) and
   • Statistics of variability, e.g., standard deviation or other as appropriate
   • How often will reporting be done

Estimates of flow should be monitored

Sampling –locations (including background)and details should be provided in terms of wet
season monitoring and dry season monitoring where applicable.



Assessment criteria

   •   listing all selected assessment criteria and references
   •   Rational for appropriateness of selection criteria

Community relation plan where applicable

Staged process reporting and how the data is to be used e.g. in adding to the conceptual
site model

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Long term site management plan

Detail of parties responsible in the sampling

Where remedial action taken list a summary of activities

A statement detailing the limitations of the site and constraints

How the monitoring plan will lead into recommendations for future work




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