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Baseflow water quality surveys in rivers in the Northern Territory

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Title

Baseflow water quality surveys in rivers in the Northern Territory

Other title

Adelaide, Blackmore and Darwin Rivers

Creator

Northern Territory. Power and Water Authority. Water Quality Section. Water Resources Group

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report no. 1/1988; Baseflow water quality surveys in rivers in the Northern Territory

Date

1988-02-01

Location

Adelaide River; Blackmore River; Darwin River

Abstract

This report contains the data collected on baseflow water quality surveys of the Adelaide, Blackmore and Darwin Rivers in the Northern Territory. The surveys were performed by Water Quality Staff of the Power and Water Authority, Water Directorate. The work was done in the Dry Seasons of 198l (Adelaide River), and 1983 (Blackmore and Darwin Rivers).

Notes

v. 1. Katherine and East Alligator Rivers (Timor Sea Drainage Basin) / Department of Transport and Works. Water Division -- v. 2. Finniss & Daly Rivers (Timor Sea Drainage Basin) / Department of Mines & Energy. Water Resources Division -- v. 3. The Mary River (Timor Sea Drainage Basin) -- v. 4. Cooper Creek and South Alligator River / Water Quality Section. Water Resources Group -- v. 5. Fitzmaurice and Victoria Rivers / Water Quality Section. Water Resources Group -- v. 6. Adelaide, Blackmore and Darwin Rivers / Water Quality Section. Water Resources Group -- v. 7. Douglas, Flora and Reynolds Rivers /Water Quality Section. Water Resources Group -- v. 8. Limmen Bight and McArthur Rivers / David F. Field, Stephen M. Taylor -- v. 9. Robinson and Calvert Rivers / David F Field, Stephen M Taylor -- v. 10. Liverpool and Mann River / David F Field, Stephen M Taylor -- v. 11. Roper, Wilton and Hodgson Rivers / David F. Field -- v. 12. The Keep River / David F. Field.; Department of Transport and Works. Water Division, Department of Mines and Energy. Water Resources Division, Water Resources Group. Water Quality Section.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

1. Summary -- List of Figures -- List of Tables -- List of Plates -- How to use the Summary Sheets -- 2. Introduction -- 3. Adelaide River -- 4. Blackmore and Darwin Rivers -- 5. References and Further Reading -- Appendices: Appendix A Water Quality Surveys 1980 to 1986 -- Appendix B Terminology --Appendix C Relevant Tidal Information

Language

English

Subject

Rivers -- Northern Territory; Water quality -- Northern Territory

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Series

Report no. 1/1988; Baseflow water quality surveys in rivers in the Northern Territory

Volume

Volume 6

Format

1 volume (various paging) : colour illustrations and maps ; 30 cm.

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Related links

10070/674140 [Volume 1 - Katherine and East Alligator Rivers (Timor Sea Drainage Basin)]; 10070/828811 [Volume 2 - Finniss & Daly Rivers (Timor Sea Drainage Division)]; 10070/828810 [Volume 3 - The Mary River (Timor Sea Drainage Division)]; 10070/828815 [Volume 4 - Cooper Creek and South Alligator River]; 10070/828813 [Volume 5 - Fitzmaurice and Victoria Rivers]; 10070/828814 [Volume 7 - Douglas, Flora and Reynolds Rivers]; 10070/828819 [Volume 8 - Limmen Bight and McArthur Rivers]; 10070/829174 [Volume 9 - Robinson and Calvert Rivers]; 10070/828818 [Volume 10 - Liverpool and Mann Rivers]; 10070/828820 [Volume 11 - Roper, Wilton and Hodgson Rivers]; 10070/828821 [Volume 12 - The Keep River]

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/828795

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/828812

Page content

2. INTRODUCTION Basef 1 ow water qua l tty surveys in the Northern Territory are conducted under terms of reference devised by the ,Australian Water Resources Council's Water Quality Commitee. The terms of reference are: The primary objective of the programme is to provide information on the quality of Australia's water resources with respect to the water as a resource, rather than to point up or monitor specific pollution problems. In addition to its primary objective it is expected lhat the programme will achieve the following goals: a) to provide 1jata needed to detect significant broad scale water quality changes in relation to land use and water management practices; b) to provide basic data of use to water management authorities for interchange between States and also Austraha and internatlonal organisations; c) to provide basic water quality data for national, state and regional water resource assessments such as that reqU1red for the review of Australia's . Water Resources and the National Atlas Programme; d) to provide the starting point for planning detaOed special purpose data collection programmes established in connection with specific programmes ( e.g. pollution control) and specific management projects.. In summary 1t can be seen that the aims of the programme are not to investigate pollution sources, or the effects of floods, eutrophication, salination, erosion, or other event-orientated situations. They are to provide a data base which might indicate the degree to which these and other factors may effect the use of our water resources and, how long term trends could limit future use of the resources. On the basis that there is presently very little reliable water quality information for many rivers in the Northern Territory and that there is the possibility of development tn some rivers, those rivers regarded as most likely to have their quality varied are given priority. The methods used and the way in which rivers have been accessed have been modified as the sampling teams have gained experience and with changing equipment availibility, A short description of the approach to each survey appears in the text pertinent to each river system. More detailed 1nf ormat ion on survey techniques and