Catchment & water quality management

Catchments are areas of land which capture rainfall and drain runoff to a common point, typically a river, stream or dam. Catchment boundaries depend on the natural or man made features of an area.

This key concept addresses issues of catchment and water quality management covering human impacts, pollutants and water quality monitoring, including:

  • Human activities and land use impacts (residential, industrial and agricultural) on catchments and water quality
  • Water quantity and environmental flows
  • Water quality and pollutants (litter, sediments, nutrients, pesticides and chemicals)
  • Managing land use and water quality in catchments
  • Flora, fauna, ecosystem and water quality monitoring
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