The Crocodile River catchment lies in an area which currently has one of the highest rates of sustained economic growth in South Africa and supports a diverse array of land uses. Water quality management is vital to resource management strategies for the catchment. A Geographic Information System (GIS) was used to display specific catchment characteristics and land uses, supplemented with integrative overlays depicting land-use impacts on surface water resources and the consequences of management actions on downstream water quality. The water quality requirements of each water user group were integrated to optimise the selection of rational management solutions for particular water quality problems. Time-series water quality data and cause-effect relationships were used to evaluate different water supply scenarios. The GIS facilitated the collation, processing and interpretation of the enormous quantity of spatially orientated information required for integrated catchment management.
Water quality management in the Crocodile River catchment, Eastern Transvaal, South Africa
P. J. Ashton, F. C. van Zyl, R. G. Heath; Water quality management in the Crocodile River catchment, Eastern Transvaal, South Africa. Water Sci Technol 1 September 1995; 32 (5-6): 201–208. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.1995.0603
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