New plan to cut ocean pollution in half for South Australia
Sunday, 7 April 2013
Author: Miles Kemp, AdelaideNow
Thousands of dead fish have washed up along the foreshore at Moana Beach. Source: adelaidenow
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A PLAN to save Adelaide beaches and marine life from ongoing environmental damage will aim to slash pollution flowing into Gulf St Vincent by more than half.
Inquiries by The Advertiser have revealed an action plan to be released next month will include goals to cut particles of pollution allowed into the gulf by 50 per cent, and algae-feeding nitrogen levels by 75 per cent.
The release of the Adelaide Coastal Water Quality Improvement Plan coincides with mass fish deaths in Gulf St Vincent over the past month, but it has been 10 years in the making and criticised as overdue.
Dr Graham Harris, the chairman of the report that led to the plan and former head of CSIRO Land and Water Division, said the plan would be significant for the recovery of gulf waters.
"I wouldn't say it is drastic but this is a very significant cut in nitrogen emissions and particulate levels by 2030," he said.
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