2012 Report Card results released
Healthy Waterways’ launched the 2012 Ecosystem Health Report Card today, providing insight into the health of South East Queensland’s waterways and Moreton Bay.
The Report Card revealed the overall health grade for Moreton Bay has improved from C- to B-, returning closer to its long term average of a B grade. Moreton Bay’s partial recovery following the January 2011 flood is encouraging and highlights the resilience of the Bay.
The overall improvements in Moreton Bay resulted from an increase in water clarity and a decrease in algae and nutrients. Central Bay showed the greatest improvement (D+ to A-) as a result of a large decrease in algae.
There was a small decline in freshwater grades and an improvement in the estuarine and marine grades. The largest improvement occurred in the Pine Estuary (C to B-), which received its highest grade since monitoring began in 2000. The Albert (B- to C+) and Mid Brisbane (D- to F) catchments declined, receiving their worst grade since monitoring began in 2000.
Find out more about the Report Card results now:
• Report Card interactive website
• Report Card document (PDF)
• Media release (PDF)
• Methods document (PDF).
Report Card iPhone App
Don’t forget to download the Report Card iPhone App! The App provides a quick reference tool for accessing the 2012 Report Card results and is available to download for free in the App store.