Carley Nichols, Lauchlan Johnston, Ben Iddles, Alisha Gaskin, from Two Mile State School look at water quality in Lake Alford.
Carley Nichols, Lauchlan Johnston, Ben Iddles, Alisha Gaskin, from Two Mile State School look at water quality in Lake Alford. Craig Warhurst

Groups develop water 'report card'

AMID concerns that many South East Queensland waterways are going backwards environmentally, Mary Valley residents, farmers and scientists are working with two regional councils to ensure that does not happen to the Mary.

Resident and scientist Steve Burgess, of the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee says the MRCCC’s Water Watch operation has developed a “report card” style assessment system for the Mary and its tributaries.

“We’re not part of the South East Queensland catchment health assessment system, but we’ve developed a reporting system that can be mixed and matched with that.

“The Gympie Regional Council has come on board and we’ll be working with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, because the river is partly in South East Queensland and partly in Wide Bay-Burnett,” he said.

Mr Burgess had just been talking to Gympie students about water quality measuring efforts in the Mary, one of the rivers that impacts on the southern Great Barrier Reef, at Lake Alford.

The education day, aimed at involving young people in catchment care, was organised by the Great Barrier Reef Marin Park Authority, Education Queensland, the MRCCC and Noosa Landcare.

Mr Burgess said assessments of chemical and physical properties of water in the Mary catchment had shown “A” results only for Amamoor Creek at Happy Valley Road and the Mary River at Reibels Crossing. Other readings for the same streams showed a “B” result, indicating an overall good score, along with Fat Hen Creek, Kandanga Creek and Six Mile Creek.

Gap Creek achieved a “C” only, indicating a marginally acceptable result, along with Kybong Creek and most Deep Creek readings. The estuary also rated a “C,” because of human pressures on it.

Gympie Times


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