The local not-for-profit natural resource management organisation, Reef Catchments, is overseeing an exciting four-year program which will benefit and support landholders to improve farm management practices and adopt new technologies.
Reef Catchments, which is community-owned and operated, has been awarded $2.25m from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to design and develop a regional program for managing major water quality improvement projects within the Plane and Pioneer Catchments. These catchments have been identified as priority areas.
The aim of the regional program is to improve reef water quality by reducing annual nutrient loads (dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN)) by 26t and pesticides by 215 kg. It will also benefit the local economy and help to build strong relationships between all stakeholders.