How healthy is your local catchment ?

The annual Healthy Waterways Report Card communicates the health of South East Queensland’s waterways.

 

Current Research Projects

The Healthy Waterways Chief Executive Officer, Chief Scientist and scientific experts are working together to finalise a list of key research questions that will form the focus for addressing priority knowledge gaps in South East Queensland.

In line with the Healthy Waterways’ Strategic Plan 2014-2017, our current projects are taking a wholistic approach which includes investigating the social and economic aspects of healthy waterways. These projects include:

Methods to measure effective stormwater management: Delivering methods to effectively measure stormwater management on a catchment scale within the region and providing the opportunity to monitor the level of stewardship demonstrated.

Construction site management: Investigating attitudes among construction and development practitioners in the areas of compliance and non-compliance of Erosion and Sediment Control practices, as well as potential drivers of behavioural change.

Integrated local, regional and volunteer monitoring: Exploring opportunities for more cost-effective integration of our Monitoring Program with localised programs, including volunteer monitoring.

Justification of social measures in the Healthy Waterways Monitoring Program: Assessing available sources of information to develop indicators for measuring social aspects of a wholistic evaluation of waterway healthy.

Economic valuation of erosion and sediment control in construction site management: Developing a Cost Efficiency Analysis Model and defining the costs to members of poor ESC practices through primary data collection.

Economic valuation of litter in and around waterways: Investigating the cost of litter and waste management and the economic return we expect from litter-free waterways in regard to recreation and tourism, human health, fisheries and environmental condition.

Integrated regional and catchment targets for the Monitoring Program: Exploring and outlining the alignment from management actions measured in the Report Card with riparian targets and NRM targets set for the region, as well as methods for setting new targets.

Use of citizen science in the Monitoring Program: Documenting the methods and drafting communications for the new EarthWatch and SEQ citizen science forum.

New riparian measures in the Monitoring Program: Researching, documenting and justifying the new riparian indicators and how they will link to stewardship data to drive management decisions.

Reporting of social, environmental and economic change: Expansion of the 2015 Report Card incorporating social and economic impacts and benefits in the evaluation of the health of our catchments.

Exploring waterways - catchment trends and stories for secondary schools: Review and rollout of a new education program using our Monitoring and Reporting Program trend data.