Air quality monitoring
The Queensland air monitoring network consists of stations around the state containing instruments which record and store weather and air pollutant data. The air quality index is calculated by converting the measured pollutant concentrations into index values, which are categorised in relation to standards. Visitors can view the air quality index and request information for a particular day and time.
Coal dust management
The Queensland Government has received a number of complaints about coal dust associated with rail transport along the Western–Metropolitan rail system. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) regulates air quality under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
Water quality monitoring
Queensland's diversity of waters includes streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, embayments and open coastal waters. Water quality is assessed by measuring physical, chemical and biological indicators, which are then compared with national guidelines. These national guidelines provide a framework for assessing water quality through comparison with guidelines derived from local reference values.
The WetlandInfo website provides information to support assessment, management, rehabilitation and monitoring. It provides case studies to learn from other wetland managers and gives access to wetland assessment tools and guidelines.
As a result of a fire in August 2005 at the Binary Industry /Hamcor Pty Ltd site within the Narangba Industrial Estate at Narangba, the department commissioned monitoring to assess the quality of groundwater and any changes to it over time. Reports for the groundwater monitoring undertaken in 2014 and 2015 are available.