Report Card 2018

Wet Tropics Report Card 2018

The Wet Tropics Report Card 2018 assesses the condition of our waterways using data from the reporting period July 2016-June 2017.

This year the majority of our waterways continue to graded good or moderate. This is likely due to the below average rainfall that we have seen across the last three reporting periods, which is associated with lower runoff of nutrients and sediments.

The grades in the Report Card were developed by analysing and integrating scientific monitoring data contributed by many organisations.

Since the Pilot Report Card was released in 2016 the Partnership has been working to plug monitoring gaps that were identified. This year we have invested in a new flow indicator and we began fish surveys in the Russell and Mulgrave that will be expanded over the next two years.

Douglas Shire Council have also modified their water quality monitoring in the Dickson Inlet to enable reporting of the water quality index for this Report Card.

As we plug these gaps we are able to build a more comprehensive picture of waterway health across our nine catchments.

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

gradesd1

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

click on the grades for more information about each zone

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Science behind the grades

The Report Card grades are developed by analysing and integrating scientific monitoring data contributed by many organisations.

Each year the Partnership has been able to address a number of monitoring gaps by reporting on additional zones and indicators

  • 2015-16: Additional estuary water quality monitoring zones; additional indictors for fish barriers in estuaries and for aquatic weeds in basins.
  • 2016-17: Additional estuary water quality monitoring zone; additional indicator for stream flows in basins and estuaries.

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 zones and see how they are responding to the community’s ‘stewardship’ efforts.

For presentation purposes, scores are now rounded down to whole numbers.

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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