Mary Estuary at High Risk - comprehensive scientific report


The latest estuarine health study on the rivers of the Wide Bay region has just been published. http://www.bmrg.org.au/information.php/2/106/350

In summary:

The estuary of the most 'developed' river in the region, the Burnett, is severly degraded (D condition), and rated as being at EXTREME risk from human activities.

The Mary estuary is the next most degraded  (C+ condition) and rated as at HIGH risk from further human activities.

The latest estuarine health study on the rivers of the Wide Bay region has just been published. http://www.bmrg.org.au/information.php/2/106/350

In summary:

The estuary of the most 'developed' river in the region, the Burnett, is severly degraded (D condition), and rated as being at EXTREME risk from human activities.

The Mary estuary is the next most degraded  (C+ condition) and rated as at HIGH risk from further human activities.

 

However, the Mary is the most important remaining freshwater input into Hervey Bay, and is the major freshwater source for the Great Sandy Strait Ramsar wetlands and the Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve.  The report makes the link between increased  freshwater extraction from these river systems and declining estuarine health crystal clear.

Amazingly, QWI still attempts to propagate the fiction that the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam will have little effect on waters supposedly protected by these international agreements and the federal EPBC act.  This is in spite of the fact that they have not even conducted an assessment of the likely impacts on the estuary in line with current  federal government policies.  

For more information go to the OurGreatSandy website.  www.ourgreatsandy.com