Draft Reef Water Quality Improvement Plan released for comment

The Australian and Queensland governments have released the draft Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017-2022 for consultation.

The renewed five-year plan details how industry, government and the community will continue to work together to improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.

The draft plan is an update of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan and supports delivery of the $2 billion Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.

The new plan sets water quality targets for each of the 35 catchments flowing to the Reef using scientific modelling and other technical information to work out the pollution reduction targets based on what the Reef needs to be healthy.

A risk assessment was undertaken to determine priority regions for reducing the run-off of nitrogen, pesticides and sediment.

Comments on the draft plan are required by 10 October 2017 via www.reefplan.qld.gov.au.

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