Report card shows improvement in river health
Published: 16 November 2016
The latest report card on the Logan and Albert Rivers shows the health of both systems has slightly improved.
The 2016 Healthy Waterways Report Card shows conditions in the Logan River now rate at C- compared with a D in 2015 and the Albert River has increased from a C- to a C+.
It also highlights the high value the Logan community places on its two rivers and their contribution to lifestyle and wellbeing.
It recommended more can be done to manage sediment control at construction sites and an increase in vegetation along creeks and river banks to reduce erosion.
Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair, Cr Lisa Bradley has welcomed the results and said the hard work put in by Logan City Council is paying off.
“Although part of the improvements can be attributed to lower rainfall over the past year, the Report Card shows us that there has been a reduction in the number of pollutants entering the system,” she said.
“Everyone has a role in keeping our waterways as healthy as possible and Logan City Council has a number of programs in place to ensure we are working towards improving the health of the river.
“Run off from properties and construction sites, as well as erosion, are ongoing concerns and we continue to engage with land holders and the business sector to reduce the amount of sediment entering the rivers.
“Earlier this year we launched the Logan River Vision project to develop a new holistic plan for the rivers and we continue to seek community input to better manage these valuable natural waterways.
“Keeping our rivers healthy is an ongoing project and the recovery process will be a long one which we hope will be shared by our community.”
Full details of the Healthy Waterways catchment results can be found at www.healthywaterwaysandcatchments.com
For details on Logan River Vision go to www.rivervision.com.au