The Burdekin region is approximately 141,000 square kilometres. The landscapes and biodiversity assets of the Burdekin region are equally diverse and of both national and international significance. Regional land use is dominated by grazing. The major threat from this land use is sediment and associated particulate nutrients from soil erosion, while some pesticide residues have also been detected in river runoff.
The Regional Natural Resource Management body, NQ Dry Tropics, partners with industry groups to deliver training, extension support and financial incentives to landholders to accelerate adoption of best management practices in the region's sugarcane, horticulture and grazing industries. Programs specifically target nutrient, pesticide and sediment reduction from agricultural activities.