The aim of this project is to develop basin-specific water quality targets for the 35 basins, as defined by the Australian Water Resource Council (Bureau of Meteorology 2017), discharging into waters of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) (Figure 1). The primary pollutants of concern for GBR water quality are suspended sediments, in particular the fine fraction sediment (<16 μm), particulate nitrogen (PN), particulate phosphorus (PP), dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN), dissolved inorganic phosphorus) and pesticides. These are the pollutants addressed in Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 (Queensland and Australian governments 2013). The main land uses (shown in Figure 1) contributing pollutant loads are rangeland grazing for sediment and particulate nutrients and sugarcane for dissolved inorganic nutrients and photosystem II inhibiting herbicides (Bartley et al. 2017). Contributions from other land uses, including urban areas, are relatively minor in comparison to agriculture but can be important at local scales.
|Place of Publication||Townsville, Australia|
|Publisher||Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research|
|Number of pages||68|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- Basin-specific targets
- Water Quality
- Suspended Sediment
- Great Barrier Reef
- Pollution reduction targets
Brodie, J., Baird, M., Waterhouse, J., Mongin, M., Skerratt, J., Robillot, C., ... Warne, M. (2017). Development of basin-specific ecologically relevant water quality targets for the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville, Australia: Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research.