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Moreton Bay Regional Council Waterway Health Monitoring Program


The map below highlights the areas where sampling has occurred for this program.

Click on the map to view information about the drainage basins in this area.

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Upper Cedar Creek Photo by Moreton Bay Regional Council
Mirawara is Australia’s largest mayfly, a rare resident of east coast rainforests. Photo by Ulrike Nolte
Freshwater Creek Wetland Photo by Moreton Bay Regional Council
Sapphire Rockmaster (Diphlebia coerulescens ) - a common damselfly in rocky headwater streams of the region. Photo by U. Nolte
The North Pine River Snail  Fluvidona anodonta is endemic to the Pine Rivers basin. Photo by Ulrike Nolte
Humpybong Creek Redcliffe Photo by Moreton Bay Regional Council

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Program end date


Objectives of the program

This program aims to:

  • monitor the ecosystem health of waterways within the Moreton Bay region to produce stream health maps for strategic infrastructure and town planning

  • track the effectiveness and performance of management initiatives under the Total Water Cycle Management Plan.

Who is involved?

Lead organisation

Moreton Bay Regional Council

Contact details of lead organisation:

Partner organisations

Experts for quality assurance and local consultants

List of indicators monitored


    • For freshwater streams - macroinvertebrates (species level identification)
    • For estuarine waters - phytoplankton (species level identification) - 3 year pilot project until June 2012.


  • Temperature
  • Conductivity
  • Salinity
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • pH
  • Turbidity
  • Chlorophyll a
  • Total nitrogen
  • Ammonium – N
  • Nitrate – N
  • Nitrite – N
  • Particulate – N
  • Dissolved organic – N
  • Total phosphorus
  • Orthophosphate – P
  • Particulate – P
  • Dissolved organic – P
  • Total suspended solids

Sediment samples at selected sites:

  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Nickel
  • Silver
  • Zinc

Scale of program

Local government area

Brief description of sampling locations

About 900 kilometres of freshwater streams in the Moreton Bay Regional Council local government area are monitored at 160 sites over a four-year cycle. An extra 20 sites in this area monitored about 115 kilometres of estuarine environment on a quarterly basis from July 2009 to June 2012.

Frequency of monitoring


Where is the program reported?

Moreton Bay Regional Council

Last updated: 22 March 2013

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2013) Moreton Bay Regional Council Waterway Health Monitoring Program, WetlandInfo website, accessed 15 May 2024. Available at:

Queensland Government
WetlandInfo   —   Department of Environment, Science and Innovation