Improving the health of our regional waterways.

Healthy Waterways

The Healthy Waterways Alliance, which is supported by the Queensland Government, provides a structured framework to achieve measurable improvement in the health of the waterways in the region.

The Healthy Waterways Alliance was officially launched over three days in April 2011. Seventy-five water quality professionals came together from across the state. The panel, and the ecosystem, urban, and agriculture think tanks have been working towards the next Water Quality Improvement Plan.

Key activities have included; reviewing the regional water quality monitoring program, developing an ABCD urban management framework, and improving our understanding of relative effectiveness of management practices.

Improving the health of regional waterways

River Restoration

Reef Catchments River Restoration Projects seek to advance science and standards of practice of river restoration through education and community participation programs.

In partnership with local land owners and community groups, Reef Catchments River Restoration Projects are helping to improve the environmental health of our regional waterways. By working together we can help to sustain water quality, water flow and build community knowledge and commitment to the healthy management of our rivers and creeks.

Current Projects

Streambank Stewardship Program

A program of works supported by the Queensland Government’s Reef Assist program.

Estuary Pesticide Monitoring Project

Targeted pesticide concentration water quality monitoring at eight specified estuarine sites.

PAC – Nature based solutions to build regional resilience

This PAC project aims to improve the long-term resilience of the local community to natural hazards through the delivery of preparedness, awareness and risk reduction activities.

Erosion on a creek bank.

Reef Trust 4

Reef Trust IV (RT4) aims to reduce fine sediment which enters the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) lagoon by improving water quality and reducing sub surface erosion from gullies and stream banks.

Reef Trust VII – O’Connell and Proserpine Basins Water Quality Project

The Reef Trust VII project aims to provide targeted support to maximise soil, biodiversity and vegetation outcomes in the O’Connell and Proserpine basins of the Mackay Whitsunday Natural Resource Management (NRM) region.

Catchments Loads Monitoring Program

The Catchments Loads Monitoring Program monitors the annual loads of pollutants generated from terrestrial runoff in the GBR catchments.

Streambank Remediation Program – O’Connell Sites Project

The Streambank Remediation Program – O’Connell Sites Project aims to further reduce sediment run-off from eroded stream banks and gullies in the O’Connell catchment through a range of remediation strategies.