Waterways management

waterwayThe Moreton Bay Region is home to a diverse range of waterways, from the clear mountain streams of the D’Aguilar Range to the wide coastal estuaries that connect to Moreton Bay.

Importance of waterways

Waterways are valued for their rich biodiversity, natural beauty and the many recreational opportunities they provide, including fishing, boating, swimming and spending time in nature. To preserve these values for the community now and into the future, waterways need to be monitored and carefully managed.

Council's commitment

Moreton Bay Regional Council is committed to improving the region's environment, including our streams, foreshores and coastal areas.

Land use for residential, industrial, commercial and agricultural development can affect water quality and the ecological health of waterways. As the region continues to grow, Council will work in partnership with all levels of government, community and industry to maintain and improve the health of waterways throughout the region.

Total water cycle management plan

In 2010 Council launched a Total Water Cycle Management Plan for the Moreton Bay Region. The management plan is the first stage of a coordinated response to managing water quality objectives for our rivers, creeks, beaches and Moreton Bay.

The management plan uses detailed modelling to identify broad catchment specific solutions that deliver the highest water quality outcomes at the least cost to the community.

Healthy Land and Water

Council is a member of Healthy Land and Water, an independent, not-for-profit organisation that works with government, industry and the community to improve the sustainable use of land and waterways in South-East Queensland. Initiatives include:

  • Science and research
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Planning and development
  • Communication and education
  • Healthy Waterplay Program

Moreton Bay Regional Council contributes to Healthy Land and Water's annual Report Card, which grades South East Queensland waterways on a range of standardised criteria. Report Cards and further information can be viewed on the Healthy Land and Water website.

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