Guidance for the dewatering of acid sulfate soils in shallow groundwater environments

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Prepared by Paul Shand (CSIRO Land and Water, Adelaide), Steve Appleyard (DWER, Perth), Stuart Simpson (CSIRO Land and Water, Lucas Heights), Brad Degens (Department of Water, Perth) and Luke Mosley (University of Adelaide) on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, in 2018.

This guidance provides technical and practical advice on dewatering acid sulfate soils in shallow groundwater environments to help prevent or minimise harm to the environment. This guidance has been designed to help in the decision making process when groundwater dewatering or removal of overburden, that may expose acid sulfate soils present below the water table, is required.

This guidance does NOT replace the need for a site Acid Sulfate Soil Management Plan which is generally required by regulatory authorities. It builds upon and aims to be consistent with current acid sulfate soil guidelines at the national, state and territory level.

It is essential that the reader consult relevant jurisdictional guidance and regulations and contact the relevant state or territory government department for specific local and regional information and advice.

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