Framework for assessing potential local and cumulative effects of mining on groundwater resources – project summary report
The National Water Initiative (NWI) provides a blueprint for the reform of Australia’s water management for the next 10 years and beyond. The NWI acknowledges that all water users require an equitable basis from which to share groundwater and surface water resources.
The National Water Commission (NWC) recognises that groundwater use by mining operations needs to be managed rigorously and consistently. To address this challenge, the Commission contracted Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Ltd (SKM) and the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) to develop a framework for assessing the potential local and cumulative effects of mining on groundwater resources and to develop tools to help predict and assess these effects.