Program Design

This is the first time waterway monitoring data for the entire Fitzroy Basin has been drawn together to score the health of local rivers. It has taken time to establish all of the systems, procedures and processes needed. The data from this report card was collected from July 2010 to June 2011 and this report provides a valuable snapshot of information for future comparison. It has taken us a while to produce this first report card and into the future we should be able to streamline processes to reduce turnaround time of future reports. However, a reliable report card will always take several months to prepare as it requires quality monitoring, analysis and assessment; activities that are overseen by our independent science panel and that all take time.

Our independent Science Panel have guided and endorsed the methodology for interpreting the data collected. Skilled staff and researchers from CQ University and Eberhard Consulting have supported this process. These methodologies have enabled us to award grades for waterway health and are detailed in the program design and supporting reports.


Supporting Documents


What indicators are included in reporting?

Each reporting area has been scored using up to four categories: Physical/Chemical, Nutrients, Toxicants and Ecology. These categories include indicators for EC, pH, sulfate and turbidity (Physical-Chemical), nitrogen and phosphorus (Nutrients), macroinvertebrates (Ecology) and metals (Toxicants).

Indicator descriptions have been adapted after the Queensland Communnity Waterway Monitoring Manual (2007) and the South East Queensland Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program.

Links and synergies with other waterway health initiatives

Our reporting has linkages with and also draws upon several other waterway health initiatives. Established integrated waterway health monitoring and reporting initiatives such as the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership and Reef Water Quality Protection Plan Report Card have proven successful providing participating partners with access to larger pools of data and better information to guide management and policy decisions.

Given that the Fitzroy Basin it is a large system with a great diversity of organisational interest the story for the Fitzroy is different and has required its own unique approach. With this in mind the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health has endeavoured to draw from successes of existing programs to implement an innovative approach tailored to our unique set of needs and opportunities with the vision of delivering a world-class integrated waterway health monitoring and reporting program.

Our Program Design contains a section outlining the future directions and broad priorities for the Partnership.