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Mine site water-reporting practices, groundwater take and governance frameworks in the Hunter Valley coalfield, Australia

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  • Wendy Timms
  • Cameron Holley

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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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  • Wendy Timms & Cameron Holley, 2016. "Mine site water-reporting practices, groundwater take and governance frameworks in the Hunter Valley coalfield, Australia," Water International, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(3), pages 351-370, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rwinxx:v:41:y:2016:i:3:p:351-370
    DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2016.1173278
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