Working Together To Enhance Our Waterways

The Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership involves industry, community organisations, research institutions and all levels of government.

The Partnership is an initiative of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.

All of the partners who contribute have been galvanised around a shared vision to improve the health of our waterways and the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.

One of the aims of the Partnership's aim is to coordinate the pooling of shared water quality monitoring data.

Many organisations in the Wet Tropics invest in a range of ongoing water quality studies and reports. This is the first time there has been an effort to collate, analyse and interpret these extensive but dispersed waterway data sets to tell a comprehensive regional story about the health of the Wet Tropics waterways in a pilot report card.

The pilot report card, released in December 2016, provides a snapshot of our waterways and a baseline for comparing future changes. It has also enabled us to identify where there are monitoring gaps.

Significant investment is being directed into protecting the Reef and regular reporting on progress being made will be critical for meeting the targets set in the Reef 2050 Plan.

Find out how you can get involved with the Partnership and contribute to improving the condition of our waterways that flow into our region's greatest asset - the Great Barrier Reef.


Vision and Purpose

The Partnership's vision is:

Partnering for healthy tropical waterways and vibrant communities

Its role is to:

  • Communicate information to the broader community on waterway health issues to increase knowledge and help drive change.
  • Develop an annual waterway health report card specific to the Wet Tropics.
  • Coordinate the sharing of data and information across a range of stakeholders to identify monitoring gaps and reduce duplication.
  • Use existing frameworks to prioritise data collection and investment into the region for on-ground management activities.
  • Identify long term trends ensuring scientific integrity, independence and transparency.
  • Stimulate actions to improve the health of Wet Tropics waterways by building upon and complementing existing efforts.

Key Objectives


Coordinate the Sharing of Data

By sharing water quality monitoring data our region will have a more complete picture of waterway health


Prioritise Management Actions

By working together and coordinating our actions we can be more effective at enhancing the Reef


Communicate to the Broader Community

By increasing knowledge in the community we can help drive change