Long term Historical Trend Water Quality Monitoring Data
The map below highlights the areas where sampling has occurred for this program.
Click on the map to view information about the drainage basins in this area.
Program start date
Program end date
Objectives of the program
Provide discovery and access and encourage interpretability, reusability and citability to over four million water quality records in the Queensland Waterways Database.
Drivers for monitoring program
To collect and record and promote data exchange of water related data evidence on aquatic health condition and trend on the qualities and characteristics of the environment including the natural and physical resources such as the ecosystems and their constituent parts that contribute to their biological diversity and integrity, intrinsic or attributed scientific value or interest, amenity, harmony and sense of community as required under:
when considering any environmental impact assessment during the integrated planning for development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.
Who is involved?
Department Science, Information Technology, innovation and the Arts
Contact details of lead organisation: water.data♲qld.gov.au
The department has been the lead agency over the decades, with a range of formal and informal partnerships including individual researchers, and academic, public and private organisations.
List of indicators monitored
Determine and results cover chemical, physical and biological properties of water, sediment, plant and tissue samples and direct measurements from across Queensland.
Scale of program
Brief description of sampling locations
Measurements and sampling at 2969 monitoring locations (350 bay sites, 990 river sites and 1176 creek sites) in 419 water bodies and offshore locations, in and downstream of 40 drainage basins.
Frequency of monitoring (temporal resolution)
Routinely the measurement and sampling frequency is monthly, on a mid to falling tide, however database contains measurement and sampling frequencies ranging from once only sampling to continuous or sequential event based measurements and sampling and also includes programs with fortnightly, weekly, daily and multiple tidal phase frequencies.
Where is the program reported?
A range of departmental and peer reviewed publications.
Frequency of Reporting
The raw data published interpretation as reports occur annually for programs, monthly for monthly surveys and daily for observed incidents.
Last updated: 22 March 2013
This page should be cited as:
Long term Historical Trend Water Quality Monitoring Data, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 1 February 2017, .