Environmental Values are values or uses of a system that we wish to protect .’They outline values and beneficial uses of the environment that are important for healthy ecosystems, public benefit, industry and health that require protection from the effects of pollution and waste discharges’ . Some examples of environmental values that may require protection are:
- aesthetics and recreation;
- drinking water;
- aquatic ecosystems;
- cultural and spiritual values;
- industrial water; and
- primary industries .
- Page 6 in the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Water Quality Targets: A Handbook, Commonwealth of Australia, 2002 (see also Water Quality Targets OnLine).