Ag Reporting

2018-19 agricultural use summary

For 2018-19, A and B grades were awarded to all catchments for agricultural use of water.

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

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

Exceedances

Electrical Conductivity

Poultry

Callide:

Site #2582 Site #1714 Site #1731 Site #1741

Theresa:

Site #1781

Upper Isaac:

Site #9802 Site #9804

Dairy cattle

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #1731

Beef cattle

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #1731

Pigs

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #1731

Horses

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #1731

Implications

Selenium

Callide:

Site #2605

Implications

Copper

Beef cattle

Callide:

Site #9550 Site #1714

Dairy cattle

Callide:

Site #9550 Site #1714

Pigs

Callide:

Site #1714

Poultry

Callide:

Site #1714

Implications

Aluminium

Callide:

Site #9550 Site #1714 Site #2522

Comet:

Site #9724 Site #9889 Site #2766 Site #2767 Site #2768 Site #9843 Site #9847 Site #9849 Site #2479 Site #2485 Site #2487 Site #9797 Site #9840

Connors:

Site #9100 Site #9900 Site #9220 Site #9212 Site #2403 Site #9905 Site #9898

Theresa:

Site #9893 Site #9924 Site #9907 Site #9910 Site #9928 Site #9914 Site #2442 Site #2443 Site #9895 Site #9912 Site #9906

Mackenzie:

Site #9187 Site #9301 Site #9281 Site #9375 Site #9249 Site #9379 Site #9818 Site #9714 Site #9251 Site #9727 Site #9305 Site #2598 Site #2607 Site #9830 Site #9859 Site #9278 Site #24 Site #33 Site #34 Site #64 Site #2059 Site #2061 Site #2062 Site #2392 Site #2446 Site #2480 Site #2481 Site #9718 Site #9892 Site #9795 Site #9717 Site #9419 Site #9794 Site #9194 Site #9713 Site #9720

Lower Dawson:

Site #2602 Site #9735 Site #14 Site #18 Site #2394 Site #2572 Site #9737 Site #9742 Site #9736 Site #9738

Upper Isaac:

Site #9806 Site #9853 Site #9877 Site #9834 Site #9862 Site #9817 Site #9810 Site #9199 Site #9574 Site #9819 Site #9835 Site #9870 Site #9803 Site #9573 Site #2782 Site #9864 Site #9802 Site #2585 Site #9804 Site #9831 Site #9812 Site #86 Site #93 Site #119 Site #120 Site #9800 Site #9675 Site #9195 Site #9808

Implications

Cadmium

Callide:

Site #1714

Theresa:

Site #9907

Upper Isaac:

Site #9195

Implications

Fluoride

Callide:

Site #1714

Implications

Zinc

Callide:

Site #1714

Implications

Nitrate

Mackenzie:

Site #9305 Site #2598

Implications

Sulfate

Upper Isaac:

Site #9802 Site #9804

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. These guidelines are trigger 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

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