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  • Odour From waste treatment plants to broiler farms, all businesses must correctly managed odour they produce.... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/odour Last updated on 27 Nov 2012
  • Understanding offensive odour Odour (or smell) is experienced when one or more chemical compounds in a gaseous form stimulate the sense of smell (the nose). Odours are also commonly called scents and can be pleasant (a fragrance or aroma) or unpleasant (a stink or stench). Reactions to odours can be very subjective. A smell may be pleasant to one person and unpleasant to someone else. An offensive odour is one that affects the general life, health and wellbeing of an individual as a result of the intensity, character, ... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/odour/understanding-offensive-odour Last updated on 23 Dec 2014
  • Types and sources of odour Odours can come from many different sources, but the typical kinds of odours EPA investigates are from industrial sources and premises such as sewage treatment facilities, abattoirs, animal renderers, landfills and composting facilities. Odour from domestic sources and some smaller commercial premises, such as shops and restaurants, should be referred to local council officers. Compost and organic waste Organic waste, especially municipal garden waste, is recycled into a number of organic prod... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/odour/types-and-sources-of-odour Last updated on 10 Jan 2014
  • Water Victoria’s unique rivers, wetlands, estuaries and coasts are home to millions of creatures and are highly valued by all Victorians. They sustain us, our way of living and our future. We all impact on them through everyday activities, so we must all work together to better manage our actions and reduce our impacts.... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/water Last updated on 20 Apr 2016
  • Victoria’s water environments Victoria’s water environments are diverse and are among our most valuable assets. They are home to a huge variety of creatures, from tiny plankton to fish, dolphins, birds and whales, including some that are unique to our state and others that migrate to Victoria each year from across the globe. Marine environments Estuaries Estuaries are where rivers meet the sea. They undergo substantial salinity change due to the mixing of fresh water with seawater. They may be permanently or periodi... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/water/victorias-water-environments Last updated on 1 Dec 2016
  • Protecting Victoria’s waters Healthy water is essential to sustain the many demands that we as a community place on our water environments. Without it we could not drink or grow agricultural products, nor do many things that support our wellbeing and economy – what we label beneficial uses of water. Safeguarding our water environments can not be achieved by one organisation or a few individuals alone. We all impact on water environments through everyday activities so we must all work together to better manage ou... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/water/protecting-victorias-waters Last updated on 30 Jul 2012
  • Threats to Victoria’s water environment Water is essential to life. We all use it and all impact on its quality and quantity. Human use of Victoria’s land and water resources has affected the health of our water environments to an extent that threatens the very features that make them so attractive and valuable. While some of our water environments are in largely natural condition, others are becoming saltier or have higher than natural silt and nutrient levels. Algal blooms and pest plants and animals are common indicators o... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/water/threats-to-victorias-water-environment Last updated on 26 Jul 2012
  • Victoria’s marine environments Victoria has a diverse range of marine environments that range from the cool productive waters in the south west of the state to the warmer subtropical waters along east coast, with many bays, estuaries and ecologically-important environments in between. It is everyone’s responsibility to help protect the marine environment for the benefit of people and other living things. EPA works to protect the marine environment through: year-round water quality monitoring at fixed marin... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/water/victorias-marine-environments Last updated on 20 Apr 2016
  • Ballast water Ballast water is water carried in ships’ ballast tanks to improve stability, balance and trim. It is taken up or discharged when cargo is unloaded or loaded, or when a ship needs extra stability in foul weather. When ships take on ballast water, plants and animals that live in the ocean are also picked up. Discharging this ballast water releases these organisms into new areas where they can become marine pests. Commonwealth takes over of domestic ballast water regulation on 8 Sept... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/water/ballast-water Last updated on 13 Sep 2017
  • Stormwater Stormwater is surface run-off from rain and storm events that enters the drainage system. It carries many pollutants, including leaves, sediment, oil and other hydrocarbons, that are a major cause of pollution in our rivers, creeks, lakes and bays. Improving stormwater quality is a long-term process that involves educating residents and businesses about preventing stormwater pollution at its source and treating stormwater before it enters our waterways. Cleaner stormwater provides us with new ... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/water/stormwater Last updated on 26 Jul 2012

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