Ag Reporting

2014-15 agricultural use summary

For 2014-15, A and B grades were awarded to all catchments for agricultural use of water.

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

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

Exceedances

Aluminium

Callide:

Site #2791 Site #1655 Site #1714

Comet:

Site #50 Site #62 Site #65

Connors:

Site #2506

Lower Isaac:

Site #2505

Fitzroy:

Site #2504 Site #2510

Theresa:

Site #2411 Site #2442 Site #2445

Mackenzie:

Site #2792 Site #2508 Site #2586 Site #2509 Site #53 Site #54 Site #57 Site #59 Site #63 Site #64 Site #2222 Site #2223 Site #2226 Site #2228 Site #2229 Site #2231 Site #2232 Site #2491 Site #2492

Upper Dawson:

Site #2587 Site #2546

Lower Dawson:

Site #2790 Site #1657

Upper Isaac:

Site #2753 Site #2763 Site #2765 Site #115 Site #116 Site #117 Site #119 Site #137 Site #140 Site #2535 Site #2536 Site #2537 Site #1896

Implications

Sulfate

Callide:

Site #1698 Site #1714

Upper Isaac:

Site #96

Implications

Electrical Conductivity

Dairy cattle

Callide:

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

Upper Isaac:

Site #96

Poultry

Callide:

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

Upper Isaac:

Site #2753 Site #2765 Site #96

Beef cattle

Callide:

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

Upper Isaac:

Site #96

Pigs

Callide:

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

Upper Isaac:

Site #96

Horses

Callide:

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

Upper Isaac:

Site #96

Implications

Copper

Beef cattle

Callide:

Site #1714

Dairy cattle

Callide:

Site #1714

Pigs

Callide:

Site #1714

Poultry

Callide:

Site #1714

Implications

Cadmium

Callide:

Site #1714

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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