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

Whitsunday Water Quality Monitoring Project (2000 - 2003)

Main proponent:     WRICMA, Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR)
Cash funding:   Natural Heritage Trust
Other proponents:   Whitsunday Shire Council
In kind funding:   Whitsunday Shire Council

Project outline:

The Whitsunday Water Quality Project collected baseline water quality data at key sites in the Whitsunday region. Data and samples were collected from 18 sites in the region with assistance from the Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR). The samples were analysed by ACTFR. In 2003 the results of the project were published and community meetings held to discuss the results. The data has provided an insight into the quality of local creeks and rivers in the Whitsunday area. The data is useful for water quality target setting for the main river systems in the region.

Project achievements and outcomes:

Data were collected at 18 sites on 13 occasions
One set of data was collected during a flood event on the Proserpine river
Report published in 2003: 'Coast and Clean Seas Project, Water Quality in the Whitsunday Rivers Catchments. Surface Water Quality´┐ŻDecember 2000 to August 2002.
Greater understanding of Whitsunday waterways and water quality

Project Officer collecting water samples at the Proserpine River estuary.

The Upper O'Connell River near Cathu State Forest (2001): one of the monitoring sites. Photos: S. Hardy