The Fitzroy’s report is in
THE report card is in and the Fitzroy Basin has been given a C grade.
This is a drop from the B the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health graded the catchment last year.
Fitzroy Partnership executive officer Nathan Johnston said the flooding after Cyclone Debbie in 2017 played a part in the grade.
“A ‘C’ means we saw a mix of good, fair and poor results in terms of the water quality and ecosystem health,” he said.
“In previous years those categories have been a bit better and this year we saw a decline on those. The bigger the flood means the grade declines, Debbie messed with our grades.”
Mr Johnston said the grade is an average for the basin which spans across CQ.
“Eighty per cent of the Fitzroy is on grazing land and there’s mining, coal seam gas and vibrant communities,” he said. “We don’t expect it to be pristine like a rainforest stream, but we don’t want it to be totally rubbish either.”
REPORT CARD: Dr Eva Abal of the independent Fitzroy Partnership Science Panel and Fitzroy Partnership executive officer Nathan Johnston.