The Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac Healthy Rivers to Reef Report Card gives ‘school report’-style grades to different elements of waterway health across freshwater, estuarine and marine environments. For each environment, a number of indices are reported on. Data to create these grades are sourced from government, research, industry, and citizen science programs.
Figure 1. Sampling sites for data used in the 2020-2021 Report Card. Shapes indicate relevant index, and colours indicate the source of the data.
AIMS = Australian Institute of Marine Science, Citizen Science includes Seagrass Watch and Reef Check. NQBP = North Queensland Buk Ports, CLMP = Catchment Loads Monitoring Program, DES = Department of Environment and Science, and Partnership-funded programs include estuarine pesticides monitoring supported by Healthy Rivers to Reef as well as the Southern Inshore Program supported with the help of Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and Dalrymble Bay Infrastructure.