Report Card 2017

Wet Tropics Report Card 2017

The Wet Tropics Report Card 2017 assesses the health of our waterways in the year July 2015-June 2016. These grades were developed by analysing and integrating scientific monitoring data contributed by many organisations.

Since last year’s Pilot Report Card, the Partnership has been able to address a number of monitoring gaps that were identified. Additional estuary monitoring has been included this year as well as new information on fish barriers in estuaries and aquatic weeds.

We now have a comprehensive picture of the current condition of our waterways. Going forward, we are in a good position to tracks trends in the health of our estuaries, freshwaters and marine sites and see how they are responding to the community’s ‘stewardship’ efforts .

While the Report Card itself is a valuable tool, the real story is all the activities local people are undertaking on the ground to improve waterway health and the quality of water flowing into the Reef. We have highlighted some of these activities this year including community tree planting, collecting marine debris, assessing fish stocks and working with farmers to improve land management practices.

Download the Report Card PDF for online viewing or printing:

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

insufficient data

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

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Science behind the grades

The Wet Tropics Report Card 2017 assesses the health of our waterways in the year July 2015-June 2016. These grades were developed by analysing and integrating scientific monitoring data contributed by many organisations.

Since last year’s Pilot Report Card, the Partnership has been able to address a number of monitoring gaps that were identified. Additional estuary monitoring has been included this year as well as new information on fish barriers in estuaries and aquatic weeds.

We now have a comprehensive picture of the current condition of our waterways. Going forward, we are in a good position to tracks trends in the health of our estuaries, freshwaters and marine sites and see how they are responding to the community’s ‘stewardship’ efforts .

However, while the Report Card itself is a valuable tool, the real story is all the on-ground activities people are undertaking to improve waterway health. We have highlighted some of these activities this year including community tree planting, collecting marine debris, assessing fish stocks and working with farmers to improve land management practices.

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

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Report Card 2017 results cover