Snapshot of river and wetland health across Australia from previous assessments

AWR 2005 focused on the development of a national framework for assessing river and wetland health after this was recognised as a gap early in the process.

River health has been the subject of previous assessments that, in the absence of full implementation of the framework, provide a snapshot of the condition of rivers in Australia generally. Broad-scale assessment programmes for wetlands have not been implemented in Australia.

AWR 2005 has compiled the results of three similar assessment programmes conducted since 2000. Spatial coverage of these assessments is shown below.

River and Wetland Health Regional Assessments across Australia

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River and Wetland Health Regional Assessments across Australia, used for the snapshot  (PDF 2.2Mb )

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The results are available for:

  • Australia’s intensive land use zone in 2000 (Figure 2): the Assessment of River Condition as part of the National Land and Water Resources Audit (Norris et al. 2001) is the only directly comparable assessment with data covering at least parts of all Australian states and territories. A summary of the findings of the Assessment of River Condition is provided.
  • Murray-Darling Basin in 2001: the Snapshot of the Murray-Darling Basin River Condition (MDBC 2001) was produced after the National Land and Water Resources Audit, using data collected in that process and additional data. A summary of the findings of that assessment is provided.
  • South-east Queensland: the south-east Queensland Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program is another state programme that covers a broad-scale. The most recently reported results from this programme are summarised here. A summary of other broad-scale programmes that have been implemented, or are in progress at national, state, territory or other jurisdictional levels have also been included in this section.

Quickbird satellite imagery of the mouth of the Murray River in April 2005.
Quickbird satellite imagery of the mouth of the Murray River in April 2005
The QuickBird imagery above has been resampled and compressed into JPEG format for on-screen viewing. It has been rescaled to show an area of interest, and thus does not represent the full resolution of the original QuickBird image. © DigitalGlobe, Inc, All Rights Reserved. SKM is the regional distributor for Quickbird imagery in Australia.

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River and wetland health is discussed in more detail in the following sections:

 

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Last Updated 25/06/2007