Draft DEWCP and EPA guidance on managing acid sulfate soils




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App. 1: Checklist


Draft DEWCP and EPA guidance on managing acid sulfate soils

4 Sources of information

4.1 Information on acid sulfate soils

Australia (general) and overseas references

Dent, D and Dawson, B The acid test: an expert system for acid sulfate soils manual on the internet, Loughborough University, England Available on: http://www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/~cobrd/identman.pdf (A relatively easy to use methodology for identifying the likelihood of acid sulfate soil by using site evidence)

Sammut, Jesmond 2000 An introduction to acid sulfate soils National Heritage Trust, Australia, available on the web at: http://www.ea.gov.au/coasts/programs/cassp/booklet.html (Introductory information on how acid sulfate soils formed naturally in Australia, and their serious impacts)

National Working Party on Acid Sulfate Soils on behalf of the Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand, the Australia and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council, & the Ministerial Council Forestry Fisheries and Aquaculture 2000 National Strategy for the Management of Coastal Acid Sulfate Soils NSW Agriculture, Wollongbar, NSW Also available at: http://www.affa.gov.au/docs/operating_environment/armcanz/pubsinfo/ass/ass.html (The National Strategy includes a recommended reading list)

http://www.ea.gov.au/coasts/programs/cassp (This is Environment Australia's acid sulfate soils website and has links to other websites)

Fitzpatrick, RW, Merry, RH, Williams, J, White, I and Taylor, G 1998 Acid Sulfate Soil Assessment: Coastal, Inland and Minespoil Conditions Natural Land and Water Resources Audit Methods paper


http://www.dnr.qld.gov.au/resourcenet/fact_sheets (Useful information on the issue in Queensland)

Ahern, CR, Ahern, MR and Powell, B. 1998 Guidelines for Sampling and Analysis of Lowland Acid Sulfate Soils (ASS) in Queensland 1998 Queensland Acid Sulfate Soils Investigation Team, Department of Natural Resources, Resource Sciences Centre, Indooroopilly, Queensland available at the following web site: http://www.nrm.qld.gov.au/resourcenet/land/landplan/lp-ass/ass-guidelines.pdf The sampling and chemical analysis methods set out in the above guidelines as established by the Queensland Department of Natural Resources are the de facto national standards

Queensland Government 2002 State Planning Policy 2/02 planning and managing development involving acid sulfate soils Department of Communication and Information, Local Government, Planning and Sport, Department of Natural Resources, Queensland.

Hey KM and Ahern CR 2000 Preliminary methods for recognition of acid sulfate soils: desktop assessment and use of onsite indicators Department of Natural Resources, QASSIT Queensland

Hey KM, Ahern CR, Watling KM 2000 Using chemical field tests to identify acid sulfate soils likelihood Department of Natural Resources, QASSIT Queensland

Ahern CR, Eldershaw VJ, Hey KM and Watling KM 2000 Quality and intensities of sampling for site assessment of acid sulfate soils Department of Natural Resources, QASSIT Queensland


Stone Y, Ahern CR and Blunden B 1998 Acid Sulfate Soil Manual 1998 Acid Sulfate Soil Management Advisory Committee, Wollongbar NSW (The above is a comprehensive manual with guidelines for planning, management, laboratory methods, drainage, groundwater, management plans and industry.)

Woodhead, A, Jenkins, A Wood, M 2000 Acid sulfate soils: keys to success Acid Sulfate Soil Management Advisory Committee and NSW Agriculture, NSW (This is a user friendly book for people who want to identify acid sulfate soils in NSW.)

http://www.agric.nsw.gov.au (search on acid sulfate soils)


EPA August 1999 Acid Sulfate Soil and Rock EPA Information Bulletin Publication 655, Victoria

4.2 Information on acid sulfate soils in Western Australia

Weber Paul Acid Sulfate Soils in Western Australia - An Introduction research paper, Ian Wark Research Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide

Water and Rivers Commission, Department of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Western Australia December 1999 Acid sulfate soils in coastal Western Australia unpublished brochure, Perth

Maps that may assist to identify risk areas are listed in Section 2.3.1

Western Australian Government 2002 Environmental Impact Assessment (Part IV Division 1) Administrative Procedures 2002 procedures pursuant to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 published in the Western Australian Government Gazette No. 26, 8 February 2002, Government Printer, Perth


State Sustainability Strategy

4.3 Example of EPA Bulletin that has considered the issue of acid sulfate soils

Environmental Protection Authority June 1999 Derby Tidal Power Project: Derby Hydro Power Pty Ltd: Report and Recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority Bulletin 942 Environmental Protection Authority Perth

4.4 Agencies in Western Australia regulating or advising on projects that may impact on, or be affected by acid sulfate soils

  • Department of Planning and Infrastructure
  • DEWCP - Division of Environmental Regulation (lead agency proving advice on acid sulfate soils issues)
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Mineral and Petroleum Resources
  • Department of Fisheries

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