Water quality monitoring in S.E. Queensland
Monitoring water quality in South-East Queensland
CSIRO has played an important role in a multi-agency project managing water quality in one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions.
25 November 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011
In a major program aimed at improving the ecosystem health of South-East Queensland (SEQ) waterways, CSIRO scientists are working with partners in:
government agencies (Commonwealth, state, local)
universities and other research institutions
CSIRO environmental statisticians are part of a team designing, evaluating and implementing an integrated water quality management strategy for the region.
Scientific tasks for the Moreton Bay Study were carried out by scientists from 11 organisations, including CSIRO.
Studies showed that Moreton Bay and its four major rivers were slowly choking on increasing amounts of sediment, nutrients and toxicants. A comprehensive management strategy was produced in response.
The resulting SEQ Regional Water Quality Management Strategy is administered by Moreton Bay Waterways and Catchments Partnership. CSIRO has an ongoing involvement in the monitoring component.
We became involved at the program’s early stages and have worked with the program’s partners to ensure maximum usable information is obtained from the monitoring and measurement programs.
For example, we have:
identified indicators for assessing ecosystem health
developed new kinds of charts so stakeholders can easily see significant changes in ecosystem health indicators
designed a cost-effective and co-ordinated monitoring and assessment program.
1996 – A Moreton Bay study aimed to provide system-wide understanding of nutrient and sediment problem. Scientific tasks were carried out by scientists from 11 organisations (including CSIRO, Queensland EPA, University of Queensland), consulting with local government and industry stakeholders.
Find out more about our work in Environmental Monitoring & Analysis.