This project is supported by The Central Qld Coast Landcare Network through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country

Caring for our Country

Healthy Waterways Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program (formerly Waterwatch) (1998 - 2008)

Main proponent:     WRICMA/ WCL, Mackay Whitsunday NRM Group
Cash funding:   Natural Heritage Trust
Other proponents:   Whitsunday Shire Council
In kind funding:   Whitsunday Shire Council

Project outline:

HW Volunteers were trained in quality assurance techniques to collect water samples to analyse in the field or send to the laboratory. The data collected by these volunteers added to our knowledge of local waterways. Waterwatch began in the Whitsundays in 1998 and was upgraded with new equipment and quality assured techniques in 2005.

Project achievements and outcomes:

Ambient (monthly sampling) Water Quality Monitoring Program results published in 2008 report prepared by Department of Natural Resources and Water. The report includes Lethebrook, Myrtle, Impulse and Waite Creeks and the Proserpine and O'Connell Rivers.
Event Water Quality Monitoring Program reports compiled by NRW: 'Fresh and Marine Water Quality in the Mackay Whitsunday Region, 2004/05 to 2006/07'.
Baseline Monitoring Program results for bushland, intensive cropping and grazing catchments published in report compiled by NRW.
Informing of the MW Water Quality Improvement Plan.
Extension activities with local schools
Greater community awareness of water quality issues

Waterwatch volunteer testing samples at lethebrook in 2001. Photo: S. Hardy