Event-based community water quality monitoring in the Burdekin Dry Tropics Region: 2006-2007

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ACTFR Report 07/22
Prepared by: Zoe Bainbridge, Stephen Lewis and Jon Brodie with contributions from Laurence Liessmann, Aaron Davis, Mirjam Maughan, Leo Lymburner, Rebecca Bartley, Aaron Hawdon, Rex Keen and Peter Verwey

The Burdekin Community Water Quality Event Monitoring Project was established in late 2002 by the Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR), James Cook University for the Burdekin Dry Tropics Natural Resource Management (now NQ Dry Tropics) regional body to investigate sediment and nutrient concentrations in waterways throughout the Burdekin Dry Tropics Region.

The objectives of the project are as follows:

  1. rank sub-catchments within this region that have the greatest contributions of suspended sediment and nutrients to downstream environments for prioritisation of on-ground investment;
  2. validate SedNet modelling (CSIRO/NRW/ACTFR) that suggests that the Bowen-Broken, east Burdekin (Goldfields) and upper Burdekin sub-catchments are the greatest contributors to coastal delivery of sediment and nutrient loads;
  3. build awareness, education and capacity of the Burdekin Dry Tropics community in terms of water quality management through active involvement in a scientific monitoring program;
  4. ensure the community-assisted monitoring project has robust scientific design and integrity.

This report is divided into two sections: Volume 1 provides a review of sediment and nutrient nitrogen and phosphorus species) concentrations and loads for sub-catchment sites monitored during the 2006/07 wet season, including samples collected from the Burdekin River, Haughton River and Barratta Creek flood plumes. Volume 2 summarises the project findings from the five wet seasons of data collection, and presents a ranking of the major contributing sub-catchments, other key findings from the project, recommendations for on-ground management for reducing sediment and nutrient runoff and future monitoring requirements.

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