More detail on the links to other waterway reporting initiatives
Report cards are commonly used in waterways management as a powerful and simple way to communicate science and monitoring results to a broad audience.
One of the most successful programs to do this is the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Report Card which is published annually.
The Fitzroy Partnership for River Health has considered the successful Healthy Waterways model, and applied relevant elements of this approach for Fitzroy Partnership reporting.
To be meaningful, report cards need to be fit for purpose. This means that they tackle the most important issues for a given area.
Another report card is the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan Report Card. The Reef Plan Report Card
covers all the Great Barrier Reef regions and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area itself. While it includes the Fitzroy Basin, it is different to the Fitzroy Partnership Report Card as it focuses solely on the impact of diffuse source pollution from broadscale agriculture on the reef and directly measures progress towards the Reef Plan goals and targets.
The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP) is working to develop a report card focused on the Gladstone Harbour, with plans to release this report by late 2014.
The Fitzroy Partnership report card complements these other report cards and in many cases utilises the same information to ensure consistency and efficient use of monitoring resources.