4 Potential impacts on water

The causal network is used to identify potential impacts on surface waters, groundwaters and subsurface flow paths in the Cooper GBA region. The assessment results can be used to identify existing avoidance and mitigation strategies and to prioritise where local-scale assessment is needed. Pathways of ‘potential concern’ identified by the assessment include contamination or obstruction of surface waters, and contamination or drawdown of aquifers. The assessment is supported by findings from the Program’s LiDAR data collection ( Box 2 ) and hydrological modelling investigations ( Box 3 , Box 4 , Box 5 ).

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