Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam gas and Coal Mining

Groundwater and surface water processes (and ecosystems)

Aquatic ecosystems and water dependent terrestrial systems such as flood plain vegetation can be highly dependent on the quantity and quality of water in streams. Serious, often unintended, damage can be done to these ecosystems unless the relationships between the health of these ecosystems and water flow and quality are well informed. Research undertaken within this theme will focus on water quantity, flow regimes and water quality.

Project Title Project Description
Great Artesian Basin Coal Basins Springs Survey Phase 1 Ecological and hydrogeological survey of outcrop (recharge), discharge, and watercourse springs that could be impacted by development in the Surat and Bowen Basins. This includes the Springsure, Bourke, Eulo and Bogan River spring supergroups.
Peat swamps - ecology monitoring This project will develop a more detailed understanding of the surface and groundwater hydrology and geological characteristics of peat swamps, their sensitivity to changes in surface and groundwater flows and water quality conditions. It will also identify appropriate monitoring and reporting regimes (including trigger values for management action) that may be used to monitor and assess the impacts of longwall coal mining on the threatened ecological community temperate highland peat swamps on sandstone.
Peat swamps - engineering subsidence This project will develop tools, guidance, and/or techniques that may be used to better predict subsidence related impacts, optimise mine design and layout, and establish appropriate buffer distances. This information will help minimise subsidence-related impacts of longwall coal mining on the threatened ecological community temperate highland peat swamps on sandstone.
Peat Swamps - Remediation This project will identify and evaluate potential mitigation and remediation techniques for the ongoing successful management of the peats swamp region.