Water Quality Improvement Plan Project
The Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) for the Great Barrier Reef Catchments within Cape York region incorporates information from the existing Normanby Catchment Water Quality Management Plan, other water quality plans and reports (such as those for Endeavour and Annan Rivers) and the latest research and modelling to guide management responses for water quality improvement in the region for 2015. This program is funded through the Commonwealth of Australia's Caring for our Country and the Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
This project is in the process of identifying environmental regional water assets on Cape York and threats to the quality of these assets. The WQIP for the Great Barrier Reef Catchments within Cape York NRM region provideded a strategic action plan for achieving meaningful and measurable water quality and ecosystem health improvement and protection. Activities include community consultation, effectively prioritising investments in regional water quality improvement and ecosystem restoration. Outcomes are producing the improved health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and the protection of the ecosystem services it provides.
An alliance of conservation, agriculture and natural resource management groups have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will see the signatories working together to look after the health of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).
South Cape York Catchments worked together with Cape York NRM develop the Cape York Water Quality Improvement Plan for the Great Barrier Reef Catchments. This project had two components aimed at producing outcomes central to the water quality improvement plan: