Assessing the Ecotoxicology of Salinity on Organisms from Seasonally Flowing Streams in the Bowen Basin

The toxicity of saline mine water solutions to field collected macroinvertebrates and a range of laboratory reared organisms was determined. An ecosystem protection trigger value for salinity was developed for the Bowen Basin and showed that organisms were relatively hardy. The Trigger value has been adopted as the regulatory limit for mine water releases in the basin.

Project members

Sue Vink

Principal Research Fellow