River Health Monitoring Program
River Health Program Releases Report Card for Georges River, 2015-16
The Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee Inc. (GRCCC) has released the latest River Health Report Card providing an assessment of the ecological health of waterways across the Georges River catchment in 2015 - 16. The Report Card can be downloaded here River Health Report Card 2015 16 (4.06MB)
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The River Health Program
The River Health Ecological Monitoring Program is funded by the GRCCC member Councils. The GRCCC Program is the first to assess the health of the Georges River on a regional scale, and will identify priority areas for future conservation works.
The monitoring is focused on freshwater and estuarine environments in the Georges River catchment from the headwaters near Appin down to Botany Bay.
Throughout the catchment WATER QUALITY, RIPARIAN VEGETATION and MACROINVERTEBRATES are monitored to provide us with a ‘snap-shot’ of catchment health.
Monitoring water quality allows us to understand how chemical pollutants, agricultural, industrial and urban runoff affects the structure and function of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems. Many organisms are sensitive to changes in water quality and populations of these organisms will become stressed if changes to water quality occur, often leading to reduced numbers or local extinctions.
To find out more about the program, click here.