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A catchment health monitoring program for the Clarence Catchment
Ecohealth is an aquatic monitoring program that measures how healthy our rivers are for the plants and animals that live in them.
It looks at key environmental indicators:
It uses a traditional school report card format in presenting results, i.e. A = Excellent, B= Good, C=Fair, D=Poor, F = very poor.
Ecohealth does not report on human environmental health issues in the rivers, such as drinking water quality.
Over a 12 month period and using the combined resources of Council, Office of Environment and Heritage, Local Land Services, Department of Primary Industries and the University of New England, (also Kyogle, Coffs, Guyra, Tenterfield and Bellingen councils) we collected data from 88 sites in 37 individual river systems in the Clarence catchment.
Overall the Clarence catchment received a C+ (fair +)
Some key findings:
Council, in partnership with landholders, state agencies, NGOs and funding bodies have been actively undertaking restoration projects.
The focus has been:
A recent project has seen 90 property owners along the riverbank between Grafton and Maclean undertake over 57ha of weed control and plant 1000 trees to improve the condition of the riverbank.
For rural landholders:
For those living in town centres:
If you would like further information on individual catchments or rivers please follow the links below: