THE GOLD Coast waterways are some of the healthiest in South East Queensland, according to the 2014 Ecosystem Health Report Card released today by Healthy Waterways.
The report card covers all of the region’s catchments, using data recorded at 389 monitoring sites between July 2013 and June 2014.
This year’s results show that, of the 14 freshwater, estuary and marine monitoring regions on the Gold Coast, 11 have improved since last year or remain at the same level.
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Mayor Tom Tate said this year’s grades are a great endorsement of the City’s effort and investment in caring for our natural environment.
“We’re the nation’s tourism capital, so it’s only right that we should focus our efforts on taking care of our natural assets. Our waterways are home to a wide diversity of wildlife, and keeping them healthy works for the environment, for our economy and our lifestyle” he said.
“I’m particularly pleased to see that most of our estuaries rate as ‘good’, which means that conditions meet all set ecosystem health values in most of the reporting area. It’s also excellent news to see the Broadwater jump from a C- to a B in just two years.”
Chair of the City’s Engineering, Water and Transport Committee, Councillor Paul Taylorsaid that the positive results were good for everyone.
“We can all do our bit to help as well – don’t wash any chemicals into stormwater drains, if you have a septic system keep it well maintained, reduce fertiliser use and protect and replant our precious streamside vegetation. It all makes a difference to the health of our Gold Coast waterways,” he said.
For full report card results, visit http://healthywaterways.org