Comments are being sought on the this draft plan, which is intended to guide how industry, government and the community will work together to improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.
The plan is an update of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 and supports delivery of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan. Feedback will be used to inform the finalisation of the plan as well as development of detailed implementation planning.
The plan has an expanded scope and addresses all land-based sources of water pollution including run-off from urban, industrial and public lands; while recognising the majority of pollution comes from agricultural activities. It includes social, cultural and economic values for the first time.
Water quality targets have been set for the catchments adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, based on modelling and other scientific information. The targets define the reduction in nutrients and fine sediment required by 2025. This provides a new level of specificity from the Reef 2050 targets that commit to achieving reductions of up to 80% in dissolved inorganic nitrogen and up to 50% in sediment in priority areas.
Feedback is welcome before Tuesday 10 October 2017.