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Water quality characteristics of water draining different land uses in the Tully/Murray Rivers region

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Title
Water quality characteristics of water draining different land uses in the Tully/Murray Rivers region
Type
Dataset
Date Record Created
2012-12-13
Date Record Modified
2012-12-13
Language
English
Coverage
Date Coverage
2005-01-01 to 2010-01-01
Time Period
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Geospatial Location
  • Tully and Murray River region, Queensland, Australia.
Description
Descriptions
  1. Type: brief

    For this particular study, water quality monitoring sites have been situated at specific locations along watercourses within the Tully and Murray catchments where a high proportion of their upstream catchment is represented by one of the major land uses in the region. These include subcatchments where a high proportion of area comprises natural forest, sugarcane, bananas, grazing, urban and plantation forest. This report presents sediment, nutrient and pesticide results from water quality monitoring conducted during the 2005/06 and 2006/07 wet seasons, at both sub-catchment waterway and adjacent floodplume sampling sites. Monitoring was conducted by staff from Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR), Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the Cardwell Shire Council.

  2. Type: full

    To assist in the development of the Tully Water Quality Improvement Plan, a subcatchment water quality monitoring program was undertaken to identify the pollutants of concern and their land-based sources. Monitoring of suspended sediments, nutrients and pesticides in subcatchment waterways was conducted during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 wet seasons, which both had above average annual flows.We found distinct water quality signals from the basin’s major land uses (forest, grazing, urban, sugarcane and banana cultivation), except for suspended sediment concentrations, which were low across all land uses when compared with neighbouring river catchments. This reflects the high ground cover of the basin and the location of intensive agriculture on low sloping areas of the floodplain, minimising the potential for erosion. Nitrate concentrations were elevated in streams draining sugarcane, indicating fertiliser export from intensive agricultural landscapes. Residues of the herbicides diuron and atrazine were detected at sites draining sugarcane, and on occasion exceeded national ecological protection trigger values, which highlights a potential threat to downstream wetlands of recognised national significance. Herbicides were also detectable offshore in flood plumes of the Tully–Murray Rivers, with some concentrations of diuron above lowest observable effect concentrations for specific species of seagrass and corals. Run-off of nitrate and diuron were identified as key water quality issues in the Tully–Murray basin.

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Related Publications
  1. Identifying the land-based sources of suspended sediments, nutrients and pesticides discharged to the Great Barrier Reef from the Tully–Murray Basin, Queensland, Australia
  2. Identifying the land-based sources of suspended sediments, nutrients and pesticides discharged to the Great Barrier Reef from the Tully–Murray Basin, Queensland, Australia
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People
Creators
  1. Managed by: Miss Zoe Bainbridge , Aust Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
  2. Aggregated by: Mr Jon Brodie , Aust Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
  3. Aggregated by: Ms Mirjam Maughan , Aust Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
  4. Aggregated by: Mr John W. Faithful , Aust Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
Primary Contact
Miss Zoe Bainbridge, zoe.bainbridge@jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
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Collaborators
  1. Britta Schaffelke: Australian Institute of Marine Science PMB 3, Townsville Q 4810
  2. Matt Slivkoff: Australian Institute of Marine Science PMB 3, Townsville Q 4810
  3. Laurence Liessmann: Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld 4810, Australia
  4. Damon Sydes: Cassowary Coast Regional Council Po Box 401, Tully Q 4854
Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 050205 - Environmental Management (050205) (050205)
  2. 050204 - Environmental Impact Assessment (050204) (050204)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 960507 - Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507) (960507)
Keywords
  1. water quality
  2. diuron
  3. nitrate
  4. floodplume
  5. runoff
  6. agriculture
  7. herbicides
Research Activity
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
Industries and Economies in the Tropics
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Access Rights/Conditions
Open Access . If the data is not available via the provided link, please contact an associated party (preferrably the Manager as specified) for access.
Type
open
Rights
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Data
Data Location
Online Locations
Attachments
  1. Land based discharge to GBR Supp Tables1&2&3 RevisedAug09.zip (Data File, Public)
Stored At
Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld 4811, Australia.
Citation
Cite:
Bainbridge, Zoe.; Brodie, Jon.; Maughan, Mirjam.; Faithful, John W..; Schaffelke, Britta.; Slivkoff, Matt.; Liessmann, Laurence.; Sydes, Damon. (2011). Water quality characteristics of water draining different land uses in the Tully/Murray Rivers region. James Cook University. (dataset). jcu.edu.au/tdh/collection/87ad9652-8348-468e-8db3-103b9f0cf94b