Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program

2000 - Ongoing
South East Queensland

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What is the EHMP?

The Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (EHMP) is a comprehensive and scientifically robust waterway monitoring program which provides a regional assessment of the health for each of South East Queensland’s major catchments, river estuaries and Moreton Bay zones.

Every year, the results are synthesised and communicated through the Healthy Land and Water Report Card.

The Report Card provides an assessment of the ecosystem health of South East Queensland’s waterways via A-F health grades. The release of the Report Card results is the culmination of twelve months of scientific monitoring at 312 freshwater, estuarine, marine and event monitoring sites throughout the region, as part of the EHMP.

The Report Card is designed around three key elements:

  1. Environmental Condition Grade (A-F): The spatial extent and intensity of pressures on waterways.

  2. Waterways Benefits Rating (1-5 stars): The social and economic benefits that the wider community associate with their waterways.

  3. Actions (recommendations): How and where management actions should be applied, and their impact on waterway health. The barriers and drivers for individuals and groups helping to protect and improve waterways.

The EHMP was established over 20 years ago, making it one of the first environmental monitoring and reporting programs in Australia. Healthy Land and Water is the current entity coordinating the EHMP in collaboration with a diverse range of community, industry and government partners.

Explore the Report Card portal:

EHMP Regional goal for waterways: Enhance community quality of life by fostering stewardship to protect and restore waterway health

Aims of the EHMP – The EHMP is designed to achieve these goals by:

  • Inspire action.

  • Identify priority areas for investment and support members to identify and implement actions.

  • Provide an assessment of the effectiveness of management actions and progress towards targets.

  • Provide data relevant for researchers, managers and the wider community that contributes to greater waterway understanding.


  • Improve and optimise community access, interaction and satisfaction with their use of waterways.

  • Maintain/improve the economic benefit that waterways provide for commercial and recreational fishing.

  • Maintain/improve the contribution of waterways in providing low-cost drinking water.

  • Maintain/improve the economic benefit generated by recreation

  • Maintain/improve the extent to which society is willing and able to behave in ways that protect and restore waterways (e.g. adoption of Best Management Practice).

  • Maintain/restore key habitats (riparian, wetlands, seagrass, mangroves, coral).

  • Minimise sediments and nutrient inputs to waterways.

  • Maintain/improve water quality.

  • Maintain/restore functionality of key processes.

  • Maintain/restore resilient and healthy aquatic communities.

How can you help keep South East Queensland waterways clean and healthy?

     Stop displaced soil from being washed off your property or construction site and into rivers, creeks and drains by applying our erosion and sediment control framework. Get the details here.

     Implement sustainable land management practices in order to reduce problem pollutants like mud and chemicals from entering our waterways. Read more.

     Help stop rubbish from piling up in our parks, rivers and creeks by joining local environment groups or participating in litter clean-up days. Find out about our Clean Up program here.

     Build resilience into damaged or eroding areas like, riverbanks or green spaces by planting native vegetation. You can make a difference by taking action in your very own backyard! By protecting uncovered soil with plants, trees or even grass, you can stop soil from washing down your driveway and into stormwater drains!

Get in touch

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