Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program
The Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (EHMP) was established in 2000, making it one of the first environmental monitoring and reporting programs in Australia.
The 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 (SEQ) 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 aims of the EHMP and Report Card are to:
- 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
These aims are in place to help to achieve the overall goal for waterway management in SEQ, which is to enhance community quality of life by fostering stewardship to protect and restore waterway health.
The EHMP plans to achieve this goal by segmenting it into three objectives:
- Enhance community quality of life
- Fostering stewardship
- Protect and restore waterway health
Objective 1: Enhance community quality of life
- 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
Objective 2: Fostering stewardship
- 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)
Objective 3: Protect and restore waterway health
- 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 SEQ waterways clean and healthy?
Stop displaced soil from being washed off your property or construction site and into rivers and creeks drains by applying our erosion and sediment control framework. Get the details here.
Implement sustainable land management practices in order to reduce the amount of nasty 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!