Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand and the
Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council, 2000
The Rural Land Uses and Water Quality - A Community Resource Document has been prepared as part of the suite of documents constituting the National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS), and within the framework of Policies and Principles - A Reference Document.
The Rural Land Uses and Water Quality - A Community Resource Document provides background information on a number of the principal issues which affect water quality in rural environments. The document has been written in recognition that there are a range of land uses that can impact on water quality but which are not addressed in the other NWQMS guideline documents. The document discusses a range of degradation issues but makes no judgement on the extent or scale of these issues. It also discusses the causes of water degradation in rural environments, how these impact on water quality, and then identifies some of the Best Management Practices (BMPs section 3.2) that can be adopted to minimise and/or prevent degradation. The BMPs discussed in this document can also have broader improved sustainability outcomes for other natural resources, including land and related vegetation.