Look at the difference an NRM can make!
(Move the slider left and right to compare the before and after photographs. Use the dots below the photographs to navigate to each of the examples featured)
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Improving water quality one wetland at a time
THIS is the difference a Natural Resource Management (NRM) group can make.
NQ Dry Tropics’ project officers, working in conjunction with landholders, council and water management agencies, have, during the past decade, made a huge difference to at least 10 waterways in the Lower Burdekin.
On each of the photographs on this page, move the slider right to show the waterway as it was, and left to reveal the result after NQ Dry Tropics stepped in.
The difference – compelling even at a glance – is even more impressive when you realise it’s not just the local ecology that benefits, but also the regional economy, particularly for those primary producers with land adjoining the treated wetland.
Importantly, each healthy wetland naturally improves the quality of the water leaving the Lower Burdekin catchment and flowing into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.
These photographs represent some of NQ Dry Tropics’ work in systems repair in the Lower Burdekin.
Some of these sites were treated years ago, but the effect in each has been maintained, thanks to the implementation of Riparian Management Agreements (RMAs). Signatories to that agreement might include neighbouring landholders, the local council, SunWater (the State Government water services authority), Queensland Rail and local landcare community organisations.
The Australian Government’s Restoring Burdekin Coastal Ecosystems for the Great Barrier Reef and Ramsar (Reef Rescue Systems Repair) project is funded through the Reef Program’s Biodiversity Fund.