Ag Reporting

2017-18 agricultural use summary

For 2017-18, A and B grades were awarded to all catchments for agricultural use of water.

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

Exceedances

Copper

Beef cattle

Callide:

Site #9554 Site #9550 Site #1714

Dairy cattle

Callide:

Site #9554 Site #9550 Site #1714

Pigs

Callide:

Site #1714

Poultry

Callide:

Site #1714

Implications

Aluminium

Callide:

Site #9554 Site #9550 Site #1714

Comet:

Site #9323 Site #2766 Site #2767 Site #2768 Site #2479 Site #2484 Site #2485 Site #2486 Site #2487

Connors:

Site #9201 Site #9100 Site #2776 Site #2016 Site #2017 Site #2019

Theresa:

Site #2777 Site #9693 Site #9695 Site #2022 Site #2032 Site #2442 Site #2443 Site #2445

Mackenzie:

Site #9730 Site #9067 Site #9305 Site #2796 Site #2798 Site #2598 Site #9565 Site #24 Site #32 Site #2048 Site #2225 Site #2227 Site #2228 Site #2229 Site #2232 Site #2446 Site #2460 Site #9440 Site #9396 Site #9438 Site #9194 Site #9713 Site #9720

Lower Dawson:

Site #9742

Upper Isaac:

Site #9380 Site #9729 Site #9571 Site #9678 Site #2781 Site #2782 Site #9680 Site #86 Site #88 Site #119 Site #120 Site #2536 Site #9721 Site #9088 Site #9675

Implications

Cadmium

Callide:

Site #9554 Site #1714

Implications

Sulfate

Callide:

Site #9554 Site #9550 Site #1714

Mackenzie:

Site #9122

Lower Dawson:

Site #2596

Implications

Electrical Conductivity

Poultry

Callide:

Site #9550 Site #1714 Site #1721 Site #1731 Site #1741 Site #1743

Theresa:

Site #9125

Mackenzie:

Site #9067 Site #2598 Site #9122

Upper Isaac:

Site #9086 Site #9729 Site #9674 Site #9723 Site #9734 Site #9731

Beef cattle

Callide:

Site #9550 Site #1714 Site #1731 Site #1741 Site #1743

Theresa:

Site #9125

Mackenzie:

Site #9067 Site #9122

Upper Isaac:

Site #9086 Site #9729

Dairy cattle

Callide:

Site #9550 Site #1714 Site #1721 Site #1731 Site #1741 Site #1743

Theresa:

Site #9125

Mackenzie:

Site #9067 Site #9122

Upper Isaac:

Site #9086 Site #9729 Site #9731

Pigs

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #1731 Site #1741

Theresa:

Site #9125

Mackenzie:

Site #9067 Site #9122

Upper Isaac:

Site #9729

Horses

Callide:

Site #1714 Site #1731 Site #1741

Theresa:

Site #9125

Mackenzie:

Site #9067 Site #9122

Upper Isaac:

Site #9729

Implications

Fluoride

Callide:

Site #1714

Implications

Zinc

Callide:

Site #1714

Implications

Nitrate

Mackenzie:

Site #9673 Site #2772 Site #9101 Site #2493 Site #9672

Implications

Lead

Mackenzie:

Site #2598 Site #2227

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

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