Healthy Land and Water (formerly Healthy Waterways) is an Australian not-for-profit organization using evidence-based research and monitoring of South East Queensland waterways to determine catchment health. Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, local councils, water utilities and industry co-funds the organization to deliver scientific information about the region’s rivers and catches with the stated aim of guiding on-ground rehabilitation efforts. [1] [2] [3]

The organization’s activities include: [4]

  • South East Queensland’s stakeholders, including local and State government
  • creating tools to identify cost-effective management actions to address waterway issues
  • South East Queensland’s waterways monitoring and reporting
  • providing capacity-building for water management
  • developing education programs to improve community attitudes towards water, biodiversity and sustainability.

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Brisbane River

South East Queensland general waterways tourism waterways $ 6 billion each year. About $ 2-3 billion is generated through recreation. [5] The South East Queensland area is made up of 14 major river catchments and covers an area of around 23.000 km 2 . stretching from Noosa in the north to the Gold Coast in the south and west to the Great Dividing Range . [4]

History

In 2005, The South East Queensland Council of Mayors created the SEQ Catching Members Association to collaborate and involve the community in managing natural resources, resulting in the organization known as SEQ grazing, reduce erosion, repair waterways, manage pests and weeds, restore degraded habitats and look after coastal areas.

In 2008 the International Water Center for Healthy Waterways working with the Healthy Waterways Board providing the financial services of the water supply and the management of water services. world.

Healthy Land and Water Developed the South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan 2009-2031. [6]

Healthy Waterways‘ income was halved in 2015, falling to $ 488,659. SEQ Catchments experienced an $ 835,142 loss over the same period. [7] Healthy Waterways with SEQ Catchments in 2016 to form Healthy Land & Water.

In 2016 the report is about 15,000 dump trucks‘ worth of sediment enters south-east Queensland’s waterways every year, with sediment pollution the number one pressure on catchments. [8]

Monitoring ecosystem health

The product of the organization is an annual report card [9] [10] [5] which measures the health of individual catches from year to year. The report measures in the form of water and rubbish (sediment and pollution). This site is located in South East Queensland’s rural and urban areas. The Ecosystem Health Report Card is released in October each year. The report analyzes data from 135 freshwater and 254 estuarine and marine sites across south-east Queensland. Grades ranging from ‚A for excellent‘ to ‚F for fail‘ are assigned to 19 catchments and 18 estuaries, as well as nine areas within Moreton Bay. [3]

Approaches taken by South-East Queensland, Queensland’s waterways and waterways. [11]

Awards

Annual Healthy Land and Water (Healthy Waterways) Recognizes achievements of groups and individuals including schools, community groups, students, government, industry, researchers, planners and designers, whose work contributes to achieving the Healthy Land and Water vision. The Grand Prize, worth $ 10,000, is awarded to the most innovative winner of the other award categories. [3]

References

  1. Jump up^ Water, Healthy Land and. „About us | Healthy Land & Water“ . hlw.org.au . Retrieved 2017-05-12 .
  2. Jump up^ Healthy Land & Water Healthy Land & Water Strategic Plan 2017-22Healthy Land & Water Healthy Land & Water Strategic Plan 2017-22
  3. ^ Jump up to:c Protection, jurisdiction = Queensland; sector = government; corporateName = Department of Environment and Heritage. „South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership“ . www.ehp.qld.gov.au . Retrieved 2017-06-11 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Healthy Land & Water Annual Report 2016 http://hlw.org.au/u/lib/mob/20170215130536_c4486301bfe163971/final-hwc-annual-report_small.pdf
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Caldwell, Felicity (2016-11-16). „Healthy Waterways and Catchments Report Card released for 2016“ . The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 2017-05-12 .
  6. Jump up^ „The SEQ NRM Plan | The SEQ NRM Plan“ . www.seqcatchments.com.au . Retrieved 2017-05-12 .
  7. Jump up^ „City Beat The Courier-Mail“ . www.couriermail.com.au . Retrieved 2017-05-12 .
  8. Jump up^ Caldwell, Felicity (2016-11-16). „Healthy Waterways and Catchments Report Card released for 2016“ . The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 2017-06-11 .
  9. Jump up^ Water, Healthy Land and. „Report Card | Healthy Land & Water“ . hlw.org.au . Retrieved 2017-05-12 .
  10. Jump up^ „The Courier-Mail“ . www.couriermail.com.au . Retrieved 2017-05-12 .
  11. Jump up^ „UQ experts gather to solve global water challenges“ . UQ News . Retrieved 2017-06-11 .