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Supporting water resource planning

We use the best available technical and scientific information to help develop and review water plans. A variety of water monitoring, assessment and reporting activities support this process.

Monitoring and reporting

Under the Water Planning framework, monitoring and reporting is undertaken by both the Department and by operators of water supply schemes.

The Department monitors, assesses and reports on aquatic ecosystems across the state. This involves periodic monitoring of the condition and trend of aquatic ecosystems at selected sites, as well as identifying key threats and risks to those ecosystems.

There are various sources of monitoring information including:

Additional information is available through the water monitoring portal.

Operators of water supply schemes are required to monitor and report in accordance with their licence conditions to demonstrate compliance with infrastructure operating rules. This is also used to improve scheme operations over time.

Minister's report

Monitoring and reporting information collected by the Department and the operators of water supply schemes are analysed and considered in the formation of the Minster’s report. This report evaluates the effectiveness of the water plan in achieving outcomes stated in the Water Act 2000.

These reports can be accessed in the library catalogue.


Science to support water planning

Water plans have been developed and implemented across Queensland to ensure the sustainable management of Queensland’s water resources. As part of the water resource planning process, the best available technical and scientific information is used to help develop and review water plans. A variety  of water monitoring, assessment and reporting activities support this process.

In addition, science collected over the life of the plan is essential information for evaluating the effectiveness of implementation of a plan, and whether a plan is achieving its outcomes. This assessment is completed as part of statutory reporting at five year intervals, or as required to meet business  needs.

Previous Minister’s reports on implementation of water plans across the state can be found in the library catalogue

Streamflow and groundwater level information

The department operates a network of streamflow gauging stations and groundwater monitoring bores across the state. This information is used to support water management decisions in real time and also provide information on streamflows and groundwater levels to support long term water planning.

Visit the Water Monitoring Information Portal to view the locations of monitoring sites and access the latest information on streamflows and groundwater levels across the state. There is also a mobile friendly version of the site.

Water storage information

Information on the height of water storages across the state is available on the following websites:

Operators of water supply schemes

Operators of water supply schemes are required to monitor and report in accordance with their licence conditions to demonstrate compliance with infrastructure operating rules. This information is also used to improve scheme operations over time. Information collection is currently guided by two standards:

Aquatic ecosystem monitoring

The department implements the Environmental Flows Assessment Program (EFAP ) across the state to monitor the flow requirements of ecosystems and their response to flow management.  In addition, the overall condition of aquatic ecosystems and the pressures impacting on ecosystems is assessed periodically across the state through the Q-Catchments program. The Q-Catchments program is an assessment framework for riverine ecosystems.

Previous reports from the Q-catchments program can be found in the library catalogue.

How science is used in water planning

Water plans have been developed and implemented across Queensland to ensure the sustainable management of Queensland’s water resources. As part of the water planning process, the best available science is used to support the development of each plan (see below). In addition, science collected over the life of the plan is essential information for evaluating the effectiveness of implementation of a plan, and whether a plan is achieving its outcomes. This assessment is completed as part of statutory reporting at five year intervals, or as required to meet business needs (see below).

Water planning science plan

The Queensland government has developed a Water Planning Science Plan (PDF, 1.2MB) to guide investment in science to meet specific water planning information needs through to 2019. The priority science information needs to support water planning into the future are divided into five themes:

  1. Asset requirements and threats  
  2. Landscape eco-hydrology  
  3. Groundwater dependent ecosystems  
  4. Environmental assessment and evaluation  
  5. Hydrology.  

For further information on the science plan or science to support water planning, contact wrpwebcoordinator@dnrm.qld.gov.au.

Reporting on water plans

The water plans are evaluated every five years and the results of this assessment are summarised in a report prepared by the Minister. Reports prepared for a plan area can be found in the library catalogue.

Learn more about individual water catchments.

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Last updated: 3 March 2017


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