Episode 9: Fiona George Talks About a Major Water Quality Project in the Tully Catchment

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In Episode 9 of Reef and Rivers, we talk to Fiona George from Terrain NRM who's part of a team delivering a major Queensland Government project to improve water quality running off to the Great Barrier Reef from the Tully catchment.

Fiona explains how the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project (MIP), which is operating in the Tully and Johnstone catchments, was designed by the local community and is responding to demand for relevant, local information about water quality with solutions that are informed by landscape conditions and local knowledge.

For many years farmers have been saying 'show me there's a problem with water quality on my paddock and I'll fix it' so the MIP project is providing intensive water quality monitoring on farms to give farmers a better idea of what’s going on in their own patch.

The project is also trialling catchment repair technologies including bioreactors, retrofitted sediment basins and constructed wetlands.

Podcast Timestamps

00.36 Overview of the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project

02.30 Working on a banana farm to reduce DIN runoff from nitrogen fertiliser

06.40 Cluster engagement - how much influence can we generate by working with farmers in groups

09.20 Sharing water sampling results at shed meetings and the challenges of sharing data publicly

13.55 Using drone mapping on farms in historic wetlands areas to identify crop yield constraints where more specific approach to fertilising required.

Contacts, Links & Resources

Email Fiona George (fiona.george@terrain.org.au)

Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project on Facebook

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