Ag Reporting

2015-16 agricultural use summary

For 2015-16, A and B grades were awarded to all catchments for agricultural use of water.

For stock water, Connors, Lower Isaac, Fitzroy, Theresa, Lower Dawson and Nogoa received A grades. and Callide, Comet, Mackenzie, Upper Dawson and Upper Isaac received B grades.

For crop water, all catchments received A grades, except for Callide, Comet and Upper Isaac which received a B grade.

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Overview

Suitability for Stock

Summary of water quality results from creeks, rivers or on-stream storages compared to water quality thresholds for stock.

Catchment Grade
Callide B
Comet B
Connors A
Lower Isaac A
Fitzroy A
Theresa A
Mackenzie B
Upper Dawson B
Lower Dawson A
Nogoa A
Upper Isaac B

Exceedances

Electrical Conductivity

Poultry

Callide:

Site #1567 Site #1698 Site #1714 Site #1721 Site #1731 Site #1743 Site #2701 Site #2703

Mackenzie:

Site #59

Lower Dawson:

Site #9105 Site #9108 Site #9109 Site #9110

Dairy cattle

Callide:

Site #1698 Site #1714 Site #1721 Site #1731 Site #1743 Site #2701 Site #2703

Lower Dawson:

Site #9105 Site #9108 Site #9109 Site #9110

Beef cattle

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #1721 Site #1731 Site #1743 Site #2701

Lower Dawson:

Site #9105 Site #9108 Site #9109 Site #9110

Pigs

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #1731 Site #1743 Site #2701

Lower Dawson:

Site #9105 Site #9108 Site #9109 Site #9110

Horses

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #1731 Site #1743 Site #2701

Lower Dawson:

Site #9105 Site #9108 Site #9109 Site #9110

Implications

Sulfate

Callide:

Site #1698

Lower Dawson:

Site #9108 Site #9109

Implications

Aluminium

Callide:

Site #2519 Site #2699 Site #2701 Site #2702 Site #2705 Site #2706 Site #2707 Site #2708 Site #2709 Site #2711 Site #2713 Site #2714 Site #9372

Comet:

Site #2479 Site #2486 Site #2487 Site #2766 Site #2767 Site #2768 Site #9317 Site #9323 Site #9324 Site #9326 Site #9328 Site #9331

Connors:

Site #2016 Site #2017 Site #2019 Site #2295 Site #2407 Site #2775 Site #9099

Theresa:

Site #2442 Site #2443

Mackenzie:

Site #32 Site #34 Site #64 Site #2048 Site #2062 Site #2225 Site #2232 Site #2397 Site #2399 Site #2400 Site #2446 Site #2491 Site #2492 Site #2773 Site #2796 Site #9249 Site #9251 Site #9303 Site #9336 Site #9375 Site #9377 Site #9379 Site #9396

Upper Dawson:

Site #9141 Site #9142 Site #9144 Site #9145 Site #9146 Site #9340

Lower Dawson:

Site #2594 Site #2595

Upper Isaac:

Site #86 Site #88 Site #119 Site #137 Site #139 Site #140 Site #2299 Site #2754 Site #2781 Site #2782 Site #9083 Site #9154 Site #9195 Site #9197 Site #9198 Site #9380 Site #9381 Site #9388 Site #9391 Site #9392

Implications

Lead

Lower Dawson:

Site #9105

Implications

Data Availability

All available data from natural waters across the Fitzroy Basin was included in the report. However, this data is not collected specifically for monitoring the suitability for use as stock drinking water.Some catchments may have only several monitoring sites whereas stream water is used to water stock at thousands of sites across the Fitzroy Basin.

Warning

These reports are provided as a guide only and come with the following warnings:

  • These reports are only a guide to provide an indication of the potential water quality for agricultural uses for particular catchments.
  • Water quality can vary significantly, both between waterways and even along the same waterway. These results may not be reflective of water at a particular site of interest.
  • These results relate to surface waters and not groundwater. The quality of underlying groundwater can vary significantly from surfacewaters
  • Where poor water quality is suspected, specific water quality testing should be considered at an enterprise level to determine likely impact on production.
  • Stock drinking water reports have been prepared by applying the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (Insert link). These guidelines aretrigger values below which there should be minimal risk to animal health.
  • These reports are based on third party data. Third parties may not be sampling for all of the indicators that are important in determining suitability of water for stock.

About stock drinking water reports

For more information see the FAQ's page

Stock drinking water reports have been prepared by applying Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality to data in the Fitzroy Partnership database. These results are then averaged and graded using the Stock Water Method.

What water is graded?

Unprocessed (raw) surface water in creeks, rivers or on-stream storages has been rated for its suitability for stock drinking water.

Have all water parameters that might affect production animals been included?

No. Many factors influence the suitability of water for livestock watering. Requirements may differ between animal species (generally tolerances decrease in the order sheep, cattle, horses, pigs, poultry), and between different stages of growth and animal condition. Only chemical characteristic that may affect animal health have been used. The Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality also include biological and radiological characteristics but there is insufficient data available in the Fitzroy Basin to include these parameters in the reports.

Unless stated, guidelines and implication information is drawn from the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality, Volume 3, Primary Industries — Rationale and Background Information

References

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