Report Card

The Wet Tropics Report Card provides an annual assessment of the condition of the nine catchments in the Wet Tropics. 

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

The annual assessment reporting periods align with the financial year (1st July to 30th June). The first pilot report card was released in 2016 reporting on data from the period 1st July 2014-30 June 2015.

So far there have been three Wet Tropics Report Cards produced for three consecutive reporting years (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17).

Since the Pilot Report Card was released in 2016 the Partnership has been working to plug monitoring gaps that were identified. This is enabling us to build a more comprehensive picture of waterway health across our region. 

Wet Tropics Report Card 2018

The 2018 Report Card 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.

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.

Download the Report Card PDF for online viewing or printing:

wet tropics report card

Key messages



very good








very poor

insufficient data

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



indicators and confidence



indicators and confidence


Inshore marine

indicators and confidence


Offshore marine

indicators and confidence


Environmental results

click on the grades for more information about each zone

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 in these reports: 

2018 report card methods