Pilot Report Card

Wet Tropics Waterways

The waterways of the Wet Tropics region sustain our people, nature and economy. To ensure we manage waterways well – now and into the future – we need to measure waterway health and assess the changes that occur over time.

The Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership is coordinating the sharing of data from many organisations from across the region to measure monitor the condition of these  waterways to produce a pilot report card. Each waterway has been graded from very good to poor and these grades are summarised in the Pilot Report Card and presented in full on this site in interactive diagrams and reports.

The Wet Tropics Pilot Report Card is specific to our region, which covers nine freshwater basins from the Daintree to the Herbert, eight estuaries and the adjacent marine environment extending to the eastern boundary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The report card provides a regional assessment of waterway health, as well as social and economic values, based on data collected during the period from July 2014 to June 2015, unless otherwise indicated.

As the Partnership and monitoring programs expand, additional measures will become available in future report cards.

Download the Report Card PDF for online viewing or printing:

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Key messages

Grading

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very good

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good

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moderate

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poor

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very poor

gradesnd1

insufficient data

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not applicable

Confidence surrounding the data has been assessed using a multi-criteria framework.

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Freshwater

indicators and confidence

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Estuarine

indicators and confidence

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Inshore marine

indicators and confidence

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Offshore marine

indicators and confidence

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Environmental results

click on the grades for more information about each zone

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Science behind the grades

The waterway grades were developed by pooling, assessing and analysing scientific monitoring data contributed by many organisations. The scientific rigour of the process was overseen by an independent panel of scientists.

The Pilot Report Card project highlighted opportunities for future report cards to build a more complete picture of waterway health by integrating additional monitoring.

More detailed information on the grades and the methods used to generate them is available on this site and in the reports below:

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