SS4.12 Linking Science with Management of Freshwater Resources
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2002
Time: 2:15:00 PM
Location: Carson B
 
SmithMJ, Griffith University, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA, mick.smith@mailbox.gu.edu.au
Bunn, S, E, Griffith University, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA, s.bunn@mailbox.gu.edu.au
Storey, A, W, The University of Western Australia, Perth, AUSTRALIA, awstorey@cyllene.uwa.edu.au
 
DEVELOPING AN ECOSYSTEM HEALTH MONITORING PROGRAM FOR SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND: WHICH TOOLS TO USE TO ASSESS STREAM HEALTH?
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A study was undertaken in south east Queensland to develop an Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (EHMP) for freshwaters. When it comes to assessing the ecological health of freshwaters there is a plethora of available methods, and therefore it was necessary to undertake an objective, comparative assessment of the utility of the many potential indicators before selecting those most suitable for the study area. To this end, the study followed an approach similar to that used in marine systems whereby indicators were evaluated against a known disturbance gradient: those that responded most significantly were retained while those that responded poorly were omitted. This represents the first time that an objective approach has been used to compare a range of ecosystem health indicators for freshwaters.