Assessing waterway health

Assessing waterway health is a vital step in being able to manage our waterways effectively.
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Healthy waterways have intrinsic ecological value and provide a wide range of economic and social benefits to communities.

Waterways are subject to many threats, which can result in the degradation and loss of their ecological, cultural, social and economic values.

We use a range of indicators to assess the current health of waterways, including pressures or stressors. Many indicators focus on the quantity and quality of water in waterways, but they also include assessment of fish and crayfishmacroinvertebratesaquatic and riparian vegetationhabitat and features of catchment disturbance.

The information gathered during river and estuary health assessments underpins the management of our waterways.

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