Land & water

South Australia’s number one drinking water quality concern?

Recent Freedom of Information data obtained by Friends of the Earth (FoE) reveals that the substance most regularly breaching Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG's) in South Australia continue to be Trihalomethanes (THM’s). Almost 75% of breaches to the ADWG’s in South Australia in 2019/20 were THM’s. Image: Looking east over Goolwa and across to Hindmarsh Island. Ongoing THM "hotspots".
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Taungerong Elder calls for logging to halt to protect water and native fish

Taungerong, Nira-Balluck Elder, Uncle Larry Walsh has spoken out against the Victorian Government’s plans to clearfell thousands of hectares of native forest in the Snobs Creek catchment. Uncle Larry is concerned that clearfelling operations in the Snobs Creek catchment will impact on stream flows of the creek and ultimately play havoc with Victoria’s most important fish hatchery. Uncle Larry Walsh standing in front of Mountain Ash forest and emerging Cool Temperate Rainforest,  about to be wiped out in the Snobs Creek catchment  
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Myponga Reservoir in South Australia. A National Pesticide Hotspot?

Myponga Reservoir on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula is the latest water body to be identified by Friends of the Earth as a pesticide hotspot. Myponga Reservoir, located 60km south of Adelaide provides towns on the Fleurieu Peninsula and some of the southern Adelaide metropolitan region with drinking water. Myponga is also the only reservoir supplying water to Adelaide that does not source water from the Murray River. The catchment of the Myponga River upstream is dominated by farms.
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Water Industry a Major Source of PFAS Contamination

Friends of the Earth is concerned that the $23 billion water industry is a major source of PFAS contamination over potentially tens of thousands of hectares of land across Australia. With the push on to increase the availability of recycled water in the world's driest continent, the potential toxic nature of inadequately treated recycled water and biosolids raises plenty of concerns. Melbourne Water's Eastern Treatment Plant
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Solidarity with Bangladeshi communities saying NO to MAAR Ltd.’s toxic waste

Friends of the Earth Australia have signed on to a statement of solidarity (below) with Bangladeshi communities mobilising to protect their canals against the dumping of toxic industrial waste.
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EPBC review - please write a submission

The federal government has been trying to ‘reform’ the environmental assessment laws for major projects. They have now tabled amended legislation, which was approved by the House of Representatives in September.  
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Microplastics in Water

by Professor Alfred Poulos One of the most important properties of water is its capacity to dissolve, transport, or carry, a greatvariety of substances- solids, liquids, or even gases. Rivers and lakes, a major source of drinkingwater for many people, contain varying amounts of dissolved substances, as well as sedimentderived from rocks and soil. Sediment is formed by the physical action of water as it flows over asurface and can include particles of clay, sand, and minerals. In addition to the organic matter that isderived from natural sources, water can carry waste, chemicals associated with agricultural,industrial, and other human activities, as well as organisms that cause disease. Over the last fewyears it has become apparent that water from many different natural sources also contains tinyplastic particles, referred to as microplastics (1, 2) Image Source: https://avadaenvironmental.com/2019/04/18/microplastics/    
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Q: What do synthetic clothing and the food we eat have in common? A: Micro Plastics

Plastics and synthetic textiles that are allowed to indefinitely degrade in the environment, gradually break down into smaller and smaller fragments. These breakdown products are called micro plastics and increasingly they are being detected across the world, even in rain. Image Source: https://wwtonline.co.uk/news/effects-of-microplastics-in-sewage-sludge-on-soils-overlooked-
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Take Action: East Gippsland food bowl at risk from mining

Kalbar Operations Pty Ltd, a company with no experience operating a mine, is proposing a massive open-cut mineral sands mine at the Fingerboards, 20km north west of Bairnsdale in East Gippsland. This proposal will come with a large environmental cost, huge impact on local farmland and the local economy, and is strongly opposed by the majority of locals. The state government has opened up the opportunity to express your opposition to the mine. You can send a submission in response to the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the project. Submissions must be lodged by 5pm on 29 October 2020.
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Crunch Time Looming for Maryvale Pulp Mill Supply

In late 2019, the Daniel Andrews Labor Victorian Government announced that by 2030 there would be no more native forest logging in Victoria. The Government said there would be a transition to plantations and as a “sweetener”, the Government would invest $110m to grow the new plantations. (Note, that this marks the first re-entry of the State Government into plantation management since privatisation in the 1990’s.) Recent logging of native forest in the Snobs Creek catchment, Central Highlands
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