The Moreton Bay Region has a large diversity of waterways ranging from upland streams of the D’Aguilar Range to the estuaries connecting the coastal rivers and streams to Moreton Bay.
When soil containing iron sulfides is disturbed and exposed to air, the iron sulfides react with oxygen to produce sulphuric acid, making the soils very acid and toxic.
Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches in the region on a weekly basis from October to March (peak swimming season).
Catchment Education programs have been developed for community groups to foster environmental interest in our catchments.
If you have seen a reddish-brown sediment, stain or substance in your local waterway or stormwater drains, don’t be alarmed. The chances are that this is being caused by iron bacteria, which is a naturally occurring micro-organism.
Lyngbya majuscula (mermaid's hair, stinging limu or fireweed) is a naturally occurring, toxic marine blue-green algae, that has been identified within local waters.
Moreton Bay Regional Council is committed to improve the region's environment, including streams, foreshores and coastal areas. As the region continues to experience high population growth, the pressure on our waterways will also increase.
Council has established a water quality and stream health monitoring program covering over 160 sites across the region's freshwater and estuarine waterways.