The 2nd International Conference on Deriving Environmental Quality Standards for the Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems (EQSPAE – 2016) will be hosted by the University of Hong Kong between the 18th and 20th June 2016. wca staff members Graham Merrington and Adam Peters in conjunction with Michael Warne, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University will be running a Workshop on Derivation and Application of Water Quality Guidelines on Saturday 18th June at 3N01 Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building, HKU Main Campus.

This workshop will provide an international perspective of the overall process of deriving water quality guidelines and related environmental quality standards. Key steps in the derivation process will be discussed in detail and practical examples will be given. Attendees will undertake real-world activities within the workshop and additional activities will be available on-line for follow-up work. It is aimed at researchers, post-graduate students, environmental consultants, officers of environmental authorities, and regulators who do not yet have expertise in deriving water quality guidelines.

The full workshop program is available here.

For attendees of the workshop, or for those who are unable to attend the workshop but are interested in this topic, the following links are provided:

Regulatory guidance and limit value

Common Implementation Strategy for the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) Technical Report - 2011 - 055 Guidance Document No. 27 Technical Guidance For Deriving Environmental Quality Standards. (European Communities, 2011)

Technical Guidance to Implement Bioavailability-based Environmental Quality Standards for Metals. (Bio-met, 2015)

A Protocol for the Derivation of Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Life 2007 (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, 2007)

Protocol to Develop Alberta Water Quality Guidelines for Protection of Freshwater Aquatic Life (Alberta Environmental Protection, 1996)

Derivation of Water Quality Guidelines to Protect Aquatic Life in British Columbia (Water Protection and Sustainability Branch Environmental Sustainability and Strategic Policy Division Ministry of Environment, 2012)

Guidelines for Deriving Numerical National Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Aquatic Organisms and Their Uses (US EPA, 1985 and 2013)

Proposals for Environmental Quality Standards for Annex VIII Substances. (UKTAG, 2008)

Guidance for the derivation of environmental risk limits within the framework of ‘International and national environmental quality standards for substances in the Netherlands’ (INS) (RIVM, 2007)

Water Protection Ordinance (Swiss Federal Council, 2015)

Water Resource Management in Germany Parts 1 and 2 (BMUB/UBA, 2014)

ANZECC 2000 Guidelines (Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand, 2000)

Revised Method for Deriving Australian and New Zealand Water Quality Guideline Values for Toxicants (Warne et al. 2015)

Ontario's Water Quality Objective Development Process (Ontatio Ministry for the Environment, 1992)

Guidelines for the protection of aquatic ecosystems, toxicant trigger values: Ametryn – freshwater. Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality. (SCEW; Council of Australian Governments Standing Council on Environment and Water, authored by King OC, Smith RA and Warne MStJ., 2016)

Australian and New Zealand guidelines for fresh and marine water quality: Volume 1 - The guidelines (Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council, 2000)

National Water Quality Management Strategy (former Agriculture and Resources Management Council of Australia and New Zealand (ARMCANZ) and the former Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC), Ongoing development is currently overseen by the Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), 1994 onwards)

National Water Quality Management Strategy: Australian Guidelines for Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting — Summary (Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council, 2000)

Literature and references

Bioavailability literature (UK TAG, 2008 onwards)

Accounting for Metal Bioavailability in Assessing Water Quality: A Step Change? Blog (Nickel Institute, 2016)

Accounting for Metal Bioavailability in Assessing Water Quality: A Step Change? (Merrington et al., 2016)

Regulatory consideration of bioavailability for metals: simplification of input parameters for the chronic copper biotic ligand model. (Peters et al., 2011)

Technical Rationale for Changes to the Method for Deriving Australian and New Zealand Water Quality Guideline Values for Toxicants. Revision of the Method for Deriving Water Quality Guideline Trigger Values for Toxicants. A Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Report. Prepared for the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. (Batley et al. 2014)

Tools

Bio-met

Metal Bioavailability Assessment Tool (M-BAT) and M-BAT guidance and data examples

ETX 2.0 (and the ETX manual, ETX 2.0 A Program to Calculate Hazardous Concentrations and Fraction Affected, Based on Normally Distributed ToxicityDistributed Toxicity Data (van Vlaardingen et al. 2004) )

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