South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership
The Queensland Government works with partners in the Healthy Waterways Network to improve the health of the catchments and rivers of South East Queensland.
Funding is provided by the Queensland Government—through the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, local councils, water utilities and industry—to deliver scientific information about the region’s rivers and catchments, to guide on-ground rehabilitation efforts.
Past investment in reducing point source pollution under the Healthy Waterways strategy has proven highly effective. For example, water utilities, and state and local governments have upgraded wastewater treatment plants significantly, reducing water pollution and the incidence of algal blooms in Moreton Bay.
The partnership is now focusing on tackling the issue of mud entering waterways from rural land and building sites. Healthy Waterways partners are working together to plant native trees along riverbanks, improve stormwater runoff, support best practice agriculture and restore floodplains.
The Partnership's activities are coordinated by Healthy Waterways Ltd.
Find out more about the SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership by visiting the Healthy Waterways site.
Major waterway health projects
The Queensland Government is Investing in Our Environment for the Future with $8 million over four years (2013-17) to deliver information and on-ground results to restore and rehabilitate the region’s waterways.
The Healthy Country Program is helping landowners and communities in rural areas of South East Queensland restore degraded waterways, adopt sustainable land-use practices and monitor and report progress.
Local councils are taking the lead on river recovery to make local creeks focal points and restore them as important assets and give communities an opportunity to enjoy and connect to their creeks and waterways.
To help balance economic progress with environmental outcomes, Healthy Waterways is working with local councils and the development industry to ensure that urban construction is managed effectively to prevent erosion.
The Queensland Government through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is working with horticulture growers in the Pumicestone Passage, Lockyer and Fassifern Valleys to develop improved nutrient management practices and improve farm sustainability supporting productivity and the environment.
Monitoring ecosystem health
The Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program for south-east Queensland releases its Ecosystem Health Report Card in October each year.
Coordinated by the Healthy Waterways Partnership and led by EHP, the Ecosystem Health team analyses data from 135 freshwater and 254 estuarine and marine sites (389 in total) across south-east Queensland.
The team then assigns grades ranging from 'A for excellent' to 'F for fail' to 19 catchments and 18 estuaries, as well as nine zones within Moreton Bay.
To view the latest Report Card results, visit Healthy Waterways.
More information on the Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program is available at the Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program website.
Healthy Waterways Awards
Healthy Waterways Ltd hosts the annual Healthy Waterways Awards to recognise the outstanding achievements of groups and individuals who devote their time to the health of the region's waterways.
The Awards are held in May each year, and are open to anyone whose work contributes to achieving the Partnership's vision, including individuals, schools, community groups, students, government, industry, researchers, planners and designers.
Supported by EHP, the Minister's Grand Prize, worth $10,000, is awarded to the most innovative winner of the other award categories.
To nominate a healthy waterways champion, or find out more about the awards, visit Healthy Waterways Awards.