Reef Plan Herbert Water Quality Monitoring Program (HWQMP) Final report for monitoring undertaken between 2011 and 2014
The Herbert River Catchment is situated in the Wet Tropics Region of Far North Queensland and covers approximately 10,000 square kilometres and unlike many other coastal streams in the wet tropics, the Herbert River has a significant inland component dominated by areas of relatively low rainfall (less than 1000mm per annum). The HWQMP was initiated by stakeholders in the Herbert River Catchment who were dissatisfied with the lack of local data available to validate the proposed Paddock to Reef (P2R) Monitoring and Modelling Program. The Queensland Government's original intention was to use recent data generated from other catchments (Tully) in the Wet Tropics to validate catchment model scenarios for the Herbert Catchment. This program aimed to provide scientifically robust water quality (WQ) data to be used in association with previously collected WQ data to estimate loads on a catchment scale for the validation of models, as well as to provide insight into relative concentrations of reef pollutants on a sub-catchment and paddock scale for use by extension staff and catchment managers to improve sustainable land management practices which will lead to improved WQ to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).