To protect the Great Barrier Reef the Queensland Government has set ambitious targets of reducing nitrogen by up to 80% sediment by up to 50% by 2025 in key catchments such as the Wet Tropics and Burdekin. The Queensland Government has committed to invest an additional $90 million over five years to secure progress towards the targets through water quality initiatives, scientific research and helping businesses to transition to better environmental practices in the primary production industries.

The Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce was established in May 2015 to determine the best possible approach to achieve these outcomes.

The key objective for the Taskforce was to provide advice to the Queensland Government on how to help ensure that clean water flows from the rivers to the sea to protect the reef for future generations.

The Taskforce delivered and presented this final report and recommendations to the Queensland Government in May 2016.

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