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Report Card 2015—Catchment loads

Modelling of pollutant load reductions is based on reported improvements in management practice systems. Results are an estimate of the annual average reduction in human caused (anthropogenic) pollutant loads at the end of catchments between 2009 and 2015.

Scoring

A standardised scoring system was developed for each key indicator in the report card. The scoring system is used to assess and communicate progress towards the targets using the following categories.

Results—colour coding
A - Very goodB - GoodC - Moderate
D - PoorE - Very poorNA - Not applicable in region

Indicator confidence is based on expert opinion and direct measures of error.

Further details on the scoring system (PDF, 567K) and qualitative confidence rankings for each indicator are outlined in the supporting technical information.

Dissolved inorganic nitrogen

Confidence indicator

Confidence indicator for Dissolved inorganic nitrogen: 2 out of 5Reduction in annual average dissolved inorganic nitrogen between 2009 and 2015.

Target: 50% by 2018.

Region Result
Great Barrier Reef E 18.1%
Cape York NA
Wet Tropics E* 14.7%
Burdekin D* 20%
Mackay Whitsunday C* 25.1%
Fitzroy NA
Burnett Mary B 31.5%

* Priority pollutant for region.

Sediment

Confidence indicator

Confidence indicator for Sediment: 3 out of 5Reduction in annual average sediment load between 2009 and 2015.

Target: 20% by 2018.

Region Result
Great Barrier Reef C 12.3%
Cape York E 8%
Wet Tropics B 13.6%
Burdekin A* 17.2%
Mackay Whitsunday D 9.1%
Fitzroy E* 5.5%
Burnett Mary E* 3%

* Priority pollutant for region.

Pesticides

Confidence indicator

Confidence indicator for Pesticides: 2 out of 5Reduction in annual average toxic pesticide load between 2009 and 2015.

Target: 60% by 2018.

Region Result
Great Barrier Reef C 33.7%
Cape York NA
Wet Tropics C* 31.9%
Burdekin E* 23.6%
Mackay Whitsunday A* 44%
Fitzroy E* 4.3%
Burnett Mary C 33.1%

* Priority pollutant for region.

Read the detailed Catchment pollutant loads results (PDF, 582K).

Last updated:
20 October 2016

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