A new report released today provides highlights from projects that are improving land management, farm productivity and the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.
Poor water quality impacts the health of the Reef. It also affects the Reef’s ability to resist and recover from the impact of climate change, natural disasters, and other threats.
Improving water quality is one of the most important things we can do to protect the Reef.
The Reef Trust Water Quality Achievements report demonstrates how collaboration and innovation is helping to improve water quality, by reducing sediment and nutrient runoff to the Reef.
- projects that are preventing thousands of tonnes of sediment from reaching the Reef by managing erosion
- delivery partners and growers working together to minimise losses of nutrients and pesticides from the land
- sugarcane farmers using GPS data to better inform on-farm decisions and reduce nitrogen runoff
- farmers changing land management practices to reduce their use of nitrogen fertiliser.
These projects involve collaboration between partners that include Natural Resource Management groups, farmers, landholders and Traditional Owners.
The Reef Trust is the Australian Government’s flagship investment program to support the delivery of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.
Through the Reef Trust, we are investing in a range of projects to improve water quality and support the long-term health of the Great Barrier Reef.