National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) ‘Project 25’


Project 25, funded under the NESP Tropical Water Quality hub, is an water quality monitoring program initiated in collaboration with the Queensland sugarcane industry in the Russell-Mulgrave catchment. A sub-catchment scale monitoring, and extension program, based on grower ownership and direction, it used traditional and cutting edge water quality monitoring approaches with farmer’s support to identify reef pollutant “spikes/hotspots”, their causes and the necessary areas for extension to improve management at a local scale. The project particularly emphasises emerging water quality sensor technologies to provide tailored, ‘real-time’ and local water quality to cane growers to better understand and support decision-making at the farm-water quality interface.

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