Fitzroy River Enhanced Environmental Monitoring Program
Program start date
13 Novenmer 2012
Program end date
31 May 2013
Objectives of the program
Driver for monitoring program
To independently verify the distribution of mine water constituents through the Fitzroy river system associated with 2012/13 wet season trial
The intent is to provide independently collected and analysed water quality reports for key sites along the Isaac and lower Fitzroy Rivers system. This program does not replace the monitoring requirements associated with the environmental authorities for mine water releases, and will not provide a comprehensive environmental health assessment. It is primarily targeting key parameters associated with mine water releases and data will be provided in regular, publically available reports.
Who is involved?
Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Contact details of lead organisation: Water.Monitoring♲nrm.qld.gov.au
Queensland Government Department of Science Information Technology Innovation and the Arts
List of indicators monitored
Water samples will be analysed for:
Physical-chemical parameters will be measured at each site in situ for:
The fish health survey will monitor fish communities to describe and quantify change in the:
Scale of program
Brief description of sampling locations
The seven water sampling locations align to most the readily accessible key gauging stations and are currently used for ambient water quality monitoring programs and flow monitoring. These sites are also used as key nodes within the cumulative modelling framework developed to assess the impacts of mine water releases in the Fitzroy basin. The water sampling locations will be Connors River at Lotus Creek Road, Isaac River at May Downs Road, Fitzroy River at Eden Ban Weir, Isaac River at Fitzroy Development Road, Mackenzie River at Fitzroy Development Road, Mackenzie River at New Dumbarton, Fitzroy River at Ramsden Street.
Three control sites are located on the Connors River near to, but above, the junction of the Connors and Isaac rivers are Connors River at Cardowan, Connors River at Mount Spencer and Connors River at Twin Bridges
Three test sites located on the Isaac River, one above and two below the junction of the Connors and Isaac rivers, which lies close downstream of inputs from all four BHP BMA mines expected to be dewatered (in the zone of largest potential ecological impact) are Isaac River at May Downs Road, Isaac River at Manly Access Road and Isaac River at Batheaston-Isaac Road
Frequency of monitoring
Water quality samples will be collected using the following frequency guidelines: 1. Pre-release sampling; 2. Weekly samples commencing from time of first release authorised under the pilot mine release strategies for a period of 6 weeks; 3. Monthly sampling over the duration of the wet season, extending until May 2013.
Where is the program reported?
Frequency of reporting
Water quality data will be collated and reported against existing water quality guidelines within 10 business days of the verified data being provided to the Department.
Results for the fish health survey ‘control’ sites will be used as the equivalent of water quality guidelines against which water quality monitoring data will be compared as part of existing work. Summary results for ‘test’ sites will be collated and reported against those for ‘control’ sites within 14 business days of the completion of each sampling event.
Last updated: 22 March 2013
This page should be cited as:
Fitzroy River Enhanced Environmental Monitoring Program, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 12 September 2017, .