Since the release of the Adelaide Coastal Water Quality Improvement Plan (ACWQIP) and the nearshore marine Aquatic Ecosystem Condition Reports (AECRs), the EPA has been focusing on engaging key stakeholders and coastal communities to discuss coast and marine water quality issues and management strategies.
This year’s SA Coastal Conference, held in North Haven on 30 September–2 October, was co-hosted by the Centre for Coastal Research, University of Adelaide and the Australian Coastal Society (SA Branch), with the EPA as a silver sponsor of the event. The Water Quality team presented at the conference on water quality projects and provided site talks about water quality issues on a coastal field trip along Adelaide’s coastline from Port Noarlunga to North Haven.
Principal Scientific Officer Marine Sam Gaylard, Scientific Officer Marine Warwick Noble and Senior Environment Protection Officer Linda-Marie McDowell represented the EPA at the Australian and Marine Science Association (AMSA) symposium held on 15 October at the Flinders University campus in Victoria Square. Linda-Marie gave a comprehensive presentation on the ACWQIP with linkages to the relevant AECRs and State of Environment Report.
Our Water Quality team will continue to engage with people working on coast and marine issues across universities, state and local government, business and industry groups and coastal communities to address water quality issues and trends.