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Water quality, water quantity and aquatic ecosystem monitoring

Information on Queensland's water quality, water quantity and aquatic ecosystem monitoring programs is available via the links in the table below. This information may also be searched for through the WetlandMaps and WetlandSummary—facts and maps tools. The Queensland waterways monitoring portal provides a single point of access to these tools consistent with the Queensland Integrated Waterways Monitoring Framework.

Longreach, Lily Lagoon, Photo by Cathy Ellis

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Program name

Location

Monitoring indicators

Aerial Surveys of Waterbirds in Eastern Australia

Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia

Identification of waterbirds and their abundance

Black Ross (Townsville) Water Quality Improvement Plan Event Monitoring

Black and Ross Basins

Various water quality indicators

Cattana Wetlands Water Quality Monitoring

Artificial lakes at Smithfield, Cairns

Various water quality indicators

Central Queensland Ambient Estuary Program

Tin Can Inlet north to the Fitzroy estuary

Various water quality indicators

Creek to Coral Community Monitoring

Townsville local government area

Various water quality and biological indicators

Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program - Estuarine and Marine

South East Queensland

Various water quality indicators, sewage plume mapping Lyngbya, coral, seagrass and riparian extent

Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program – Event-based

South East Queensland

Stream discharge and various water quality indicators,

Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program - Freshwater

South East Queensland

Various water quality and biological indicators, nutrient cycling and ecosystem processes

Environmental Flows Assessment Program (EFAP)

Statewide

Indicators vary across Water Resource Plan areas.

Fitzroy Priority Neighbourhood Catchments Water Quality Monitoring Program

Fitzroy Basin neighbourhood catchments

Various water quality indicators

Fitzroy River Enhanced Environmental Monitoring Program Fitzroy catchments Various water quality and biological indicators
Framework for the Assessment of River and Wetland Health (FARWH) – Queensland trials

Surface Water Management Areas

Six themes: catchment disturbance, physical form, hydrological disturbance, water quality and soils,  fringing zone, aquatic biota

Great Artesian Basin Springs Monitoring Program

Great Artesian Basin

Spring extent and flow

Groundwater Ambient Network (GWAN) – Water quality

Statewide

Various water quality indicators

Groundwater Water Level Network

Statewide

Groundwater water level

Lake Eyre Basin River Health Assessment

Lake Eyre Basin

Fish assemblages, waterbirds, general vegetation, vegetation of Nationally Important Wetlands, physical habitats, hydrology and various water quality indicators

Long term Historical Trend Water Quality Monitoring Data Statewide Determine and results cover chemical, physical and biological properties of water, sediment, plant and tissue samples and direct measurements from across Queensland.

Lyngbya Monitoring Program

South East Queensland (primarily Moreton Bay)

Lyngbya presence and coverage

Mackay Water Quality Monitoring Mackay Botanical Gardens Various water quality and biological indicators

Moreton Bay Marine Park Monitoring Program

Moreton Bay Marine Park

Indicators vary according to specific projects within the program

Moreton Bay Regional Council Waterway Health Monitoring Program

Moreton Bay Regional Council local government area

Various water quality and biological indicators in freshwater and estuarine environments

Murray-Darling Basin Authority – Basin Salinity Management Strategy Annual Reporting and Audit

Queensland and northern New South Wales sections of the Murray-Darling Basin

Stream flow and electrical conductivity

Pioneer Valley Water Board Monitoring Pioneer Catchment Various water quality and biological indicators

Port Curtis Integrated Monitoring Program (PCIMP)

Port Curtis (port-wide)

Various water quality and biological indicators, mangroves, intertidal invertebrates and seagrass

Queensland Murray-Darling Committee Community Monitoring Program Region Various water quality and biological indicators
Queensland wetland extent mapping Statewide Wetland extent, wetland type, change in wetland extent

Reef Plan Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting Program (Paddock to Reef Program)

Eastern Coastal Catchments

Various water quality indicators (freshwater and inshore marine), catchment mapping, inshore coral reef and seagrass monitoring

South East Queensland (SEQ) Catchments Community Water Quality Monitoring Program

South East Queensland

Various water quality indicators and air temperature

Stream and Estuary Assessment Program (SEAP) – Freshwater

Statewide

Varies according to the biogeographic province monitored

Surface Water Ambient Network (SWAN) – Water quality

Statewide

Various water quality indicators

Surface Water Monitoring Network

Statewide

Rainfall, flow, height and some time series water quality indicators 

The Lakes Environmental and Ecosystem Health

The Lakes (Paradise (Keyatta) Lake and Curralea Lake), Ross Creek catchment

Various water quality indicators

Water Quality of Port Curtis and Tributaries Port Curtis and Tributaries Various water quality indicators
Wetland walkabout monitoring Reef catchments pH, EC, DO, water and air temp, turbidity, weather conditions, last rainfall, water level, water flow rate, stream data (width, depth, erosion, siltation), water appearance, water odour, exotic water plants, algal types, fish

Last updated: 22 March 2013

This page should be cited as:

Water quality, water quantity and aquatic ecosystem monitoring, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 31 January 2014, <http://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/assessment/monitoring/current-and-future-monitoring/>.

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