Mine Site Water-Reporting Practices, Groundwater Take and Governance Frameworks in the Hunter Valley Coalfield, Australia
Water International, Vol. 41, pp. 351-370, (2016)
Posted: 2 May 2018
Date Written: April 2016
At mine sites in a stressed watershed, groundwater dominated licensed water take, and water-use productivity was dependent on site practices and constraints. Solutions for mining and water in this context include: (1) state-based water governance within a national framework; (2) information tools, including mine site water-reporting frameworks; (3) site water sharing and salt trading; and (4) technologies and leading practices. While water reporting has improved, evaluating the significance of hydrological changes over the long-term remains a challenge, particularly for groundwater and saline discharges to rivers.
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