Tracking towards targets
Reef Plan has ambitious targets against which progress is reported. It includes targets to halve nutrient and pesticide loads by 2013 and to reduce sediment by 20 per cent by 2020. It also includes targets to encourage 80 per cent of the cane and horticulture industries and 50 per cent of the grazing industry to adopt improved practices by 2013.
This report card covers progress between 2009 and 2011 and shows a positive trajectory in both the adoption of improved land management practices and pollutant load reductions. This is a significant achievement following a long history of declining water quality and is an encouraging sign that Reef Plan is starting to halt and reverse the decline in the quality of water entering the reef.