River Health Monitoring Program
River Health Program Releases Report Card for Georges River, 2014 - 15
The release of this report card presents the findings of 12 months of data collection across the Georges River catchment that feeds into Botany Bay. The program is facilitated by the Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee Inc. (GRCCC) in partnership with its nine member councils, Georges River Environmental Education Centre, the Streamwatch Program, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the community to monitor the health of the River.
The Report Card can be downloaded here Report Card 2014 15 (6.07MB)
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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.