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.
Importance of waterways
Waterways are important, not only because of the intrinsic values of their diverse aquatic ecosystems, but also for their role in providing water as a commodity.
Waterways also provide many recreational uses. In order to maintain these values and uses, we need to protect our streams and to maintain or enhance them to the best possible condition (or best possible ecological health).
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.
Past and future landuse activities, including residential, industrial, commercial and agricultural landuse, adversely affect water quality and waterway health.
Concerted management and action by government, community and industry can prevent, reduce or reverse the decline in waterway health.
Healthy waterways partnership
Council is a member and supports the initiatives of the Healthy Waterways Partnership. Healthy Waterways is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that works with members from government, industry and the community to protect and improve South East Queensland’s waterways. Initiatives include:
- Science and Research
- Monitoring Program
- Healthy Waterplay
- Water by Design
- Communication and Education
Total water cycle management plan
In 2010 Council commenced work on a Total Water Cycle Management Plan for the Moreton Bay Regional Council area.
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.