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Publications/Papers/Reports

Owing to a wide range of work, Dr Selva Selvarajah has a wide range of publications and reports

Publications/Papers/Reports

Much of the work is on farm dairy effluent, land treatment of effluent, nitrogen in the environment, soils and Resource Management Act.

  • April 18, 2019

Academic Reports and PhD Thesis

A graduate dissertation report on nitrifiers (bacteria that convert ammonium to nitrate) in soil, a postgraduate report on evaluation of methods to analyse available soil nitrogen leading up to the PhD work and a PhD thesis on ammonia volatilisation from soil applied urea are presented here.

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  • April 18, 2019

Air

Proactive liaison, collaboration, consents management and compliance management can assist in improving air quality in the region.

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  • April 18, 2019

Council Reports

A wide range of RMA, Biosecurity and HSNO issues were tackled at the senior management level through Council reports while being at the Waikato Regional and Otago Regional Councils.

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  • April 18, 2019

Farm Dairy Effluent

Since the enactment of the RMA farm dairy effluent management in New Zealand received closer attention. The RMA enactment and regional council rules have triggered a substantial amount of regulation and research in New Zealand.

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  • April 18, 2019

Hearing Commissioner Decision Reports

Although accredited as a hearing commissioner since 2005, since Dr Selvarajah was employed full-time by the Otago Regional Council he was unable to provide the hearing commissioner service due to heavy workload during his time at ORC. Despite this he had an opportunity to be a technical hearing commissioner for Environment Canterbury on one occasion. Currently, Dr Selvarajah holds the Chairing RMA Hearing Certificate.

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  • April 18, 2019

Land Treatment of Effluent

Soils are the best media to treat effluent when conditions are favourable, with enormous environmental, economical and cultural benefits. Land treatment is not a new concept, either locally or globally. The past two decades of research and practice in New Zealand have provided advanced and useful information for the community, researchers and decision makers.

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  • April 18, 2019

Nitrogen in the Environment

Nitrogen is the building block for life on earth, but in wrong forms and levels in air, water and soils it would have adverse effects on human living. The challenge is how to maximise the benefits of nitrogen while minimising or avoiding emissions, leakages and runoffs.

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  • April 18, 2019

Resource Management Act

Resource Management Act (RMA, 1991) expects everyone to avoid, remedy and mitigate adverse effects on the environment. Full benefits of the RMA can only be attained by its effective, efficient, proactive and sustained implementation.

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  • April 18, 2019

Soil

Soil underpins NZ farming, forestry and economy. Unlike water it buffers many environmental impacts. Much of the solutions for water pollution also lie within soil. Soil deserves a similar attention as water in New Zealand by the wider community, policy makers and politicians.

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  • April 18, 2019

Water Pollution

When water has multiple uses, impacts are unavoidable. The challenge is to minimise or mitigate those impacts resulting in water quality being maintained or enhanced. Much of the solutions to improve water quality from non-point sources of pollution lie within land and soils.

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