Stygofauna Monitoring and Impact Assessment

Project outline

Tahmoor Coal (Glencore) was required to assess stygofauna for proposed long wall mining as part of the Tahmoor South project.

Our role

Niche Environment and Heritage was commissioned by Tahmoor Coal to survey of stygofauna in phreatic (aquifer) and hyporheic (subsurface riverine) habitats within the project area, and to provide an impact assessment in accordance with NSW Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem legislation and guidelines. Niche successfully conducted the survey and delivered the impact assessment for Tahmoor Coal in 2013.

By communicating effectively with our client, Niche was able to work through technical issues and provide a high end impact assessment

Challenges

Assessing the stygofaunal ecology is technically challenging as groundwater habitat is highly complex. The study of stygofauna is also a relatively new field in development consent assessment. Comprehensive understanding the legislation and guidelines, regulators needs, and experience were important in Niche and our client overcoming these challenges. By communicating effectively with our client, Niche was able to work through technical issues and provide a high end impact assessment.

Results

Niche provided Tahmoor Coal with a comprehensive impact assessment that demonstrated not only Niche’s expertise in the area but also our client’s diligence in meeting industry standards in regards to environmental assessment of stygofauna and their habitat.

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Matthew Russell, Aquatic Ecologist
Mob: 0488 224 083
Email: mrussell@niche-eh.com