Ag Reporting

2016-17 agricultural use summary

For 2016-17, A and B grades were awarded to all catchments for agricultural use of water.

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

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

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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 B
Mackenzie B
Upper Dawson A
Lower Dawson A
Nogoa A
Upper Isaac B

Exceedances

Selenium

Callide:

Site #9548 Site #9549

Upper Isaac:

Site #9227

Implications

Electrical Conductivity

Beef cattle

Callide:

Site #2701 Site #1714 Site #1721 Site #1731 Site #1741 Site #1743 Site #9552

Lower Dawson:

Site #9110 Site #9105 Site #9108

Upper Isaac:

Site #9243

Dairy cattle

Callide:

Site #2701 Site #1714 Site #1721 Site #1731 Site #1741 Site #1743 Site #9552 Site #9547 Site #9550

Lower Dawson:

Site #9110 Site #9105 Site #9108

Upper Isaac:

Site #9243

Pigs

Callide:

Site #2701 Site #1714 Site #1721 Site #1731 Site #1741 Site #1743

Lower Dawson:

Site #9110 Site #9105 Site #9108

Upper Isaac:

Site #9243

Horses

Callide:

Site #2701 Site #1714 Site #1721 Site #1731 Site #1741 Site #1743

Lower Dawson:

Site #9110 Site #9105 Site #9108

Upper Isaac:

Site #9243

Poultry

Callide:

Site #2701 Site #1698 Site #1714 Site #1721 Site #1731 Site #1741 Site #1743 Site #9552 Site #9547 Site #9550 Site #9554

Lower Dawson:

Site #9110 Site #9105 Site #9109 Site #9108 Site #9112

Upper Isaac:

Site #140 Site #9243

Implications

Aluminium

Callide:

Site #1655 Site #1714 Site #9552 Site #9547 Site #9550 Site #9554

Comet:

Site #2766 Site #2767 Site #2768 Site #2479 Site #2482 Site #2484 Site #2485 Site #2486 Site #2487

Connors:

Site #9201 Site #2776 Site #2016 Site #2017 Site #2019 Site #2407 Site #9566

Theresa:

Site #2777 Site #2022 Site #2032 Site #2414 Site #2411 Site #2442 Site #2443 Site #2408

Mackenzie:

Site #9130 Site #9575 Site #9438 Site #9377 Site #2773 Site #2598 Site #9248 Site #24 Site #32 Site #34 Site #57 Site #59 Site #64 Site #2048 Site #2061 Site #2062 Site #2225 Site #2227 Site #2228 Site #2229 Site #2232 Site #2393 Site #2399 Site #2446 Site #2491 Site #9253 Site #9565

Lower Dawson:

Site #2439 Site #2440 Site #2525 Site #2527

Upper Isaac:

Site #9385 Site #9289 Site #9197 Site #9380 Site #9198 Site #9381 Site #2753 Site #2758 Site #2761 Site #2781 Site #2782 Site #9571 Site #82 Site #86 Site #88 Site #89 Site #115 Site #116 Site #117 Site #119 Site #120 Site #137 Site #139 Site #140 Site #142 Site #2515 Site #9083 Site #9363 Site #9366 Site #9259 Site #9384 Site #9365 Site #9391 Site #9572 Site #9388

Implications

Copper

Beef cattle

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #9552 Site #9547 Site #9550 Site #9554

Dairy cattle

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #9552 Site #9547 Site #9550 Site #9554

Pigs

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #9552 Site #9547

Poultry

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #9552 Site #9547

Implications

Cadmium

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #9552 Site #9547 Site #9550 Site #9554

Connors:

Site #9601 Site #9201 Site #2776 Site #9369 Site #2618 Site #2016 Site #9203

Theresa:

Site #2777 Site #2032

Mackenzie:

Site #9248 Site #2393 Site #9253

Upper Isaac:

Site #2782

Implications

Zinc

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #9552 Site #9547

Implications

Fluoride

Callide:

Site #9547

Comet:

Site #2486

Implications

Nitrate

Mackenzie:

Site #2772 Site #2493

Implications

Mercury

Mackenzie:

Site #9248 Site #2393 Site #9253

Implications

Nickel

Mackenzie:

Site #2393

Upper Isaac:

Site #2782

Implications

Sulfate

Lower Dawson:

Site #9110 Site #9105 Site #9108

Implications

Lead

Upper Isaac:

Site #2782

Implications

Uranium

Upper Isaac:

Site #2782

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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