Aquatic fauna of Southampton Pool, Blackwood River: an assessment of the potential impacts during construction of a subterranean pipeline. Report to the Water Corporation of Western Australia
Beatty, S., Morgan, D., Keleher, J., Allen, M. and Strehlow, K. (2013) Aquatic fauna of Southampton Pool, Blackwood River: an assessment of the potential impacts during construction of a subterranean pipeline. Report to the Water Corporation of Western Australia. Freshwater Fish Group and Fish Health Unit, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
An aquatic fauna study was required to gather baseline information on the resident aquatic fauna within the construction site and also the ~2.2 km permanent pool downstream of the site to assess the potential likely risk to those fauna, and finally to identify measures that could be taken to mitigate those risks. The aims of this study were to:
1) Determine the aquatic fauna (freshwater fish, crayfish, mussels and macroinvertebrates) within and adjacent to the proposed construction site.
2) Evaluate the conservation significance of those fauna including identifying sensitive or threatened species.
3) Determine the physiochemical characteristics of the pool downstream of the proposed construction site (including depth profiling the entire pool, and profiling the temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH along with collecting baseline turbidity).
4) Use the data from the survey along with information on the proposed construction activities supplied in the brief and subsequent communication with Water Corporation and McLean Consultants, undertake a simplified risk assessment (i.e. risk ID, analysis of likelihood and consequence, evaluation, and recommend treatment to mitigate risks) to assess the possible impacts of those activities on the resident fauna and identify measures to mitigate the identified risks.
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