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Comments closed on 10 October on the draft Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017–2022 (PDF, 4.5M). It guides how industry, government and the community will work together to improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.

The plan is an update of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 and supports delivery of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.

The plan has an expanded scope and addresses all land-based sources of water pollution including run-off from urban, industrial and public lands; while recognising the majority of pollution comes from agricultural activities. It includes social, cultural and economic values for the first time.

Water quality targets have been set for the catchments adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, based on modelling and other scientific information. The targets define the reduction in nutrients and fine sediment required by 2025. This provides a new level of specificity from the Reef 2050 targets that commit to achieving reductions of up to 80% in dissolved inorganic nitrogen and up to 50% in sediment in priority areas.

Read more about the targets.

Spatial priorities for water quality improvement have also been identified based on the Scientific Consensus Statement assessment of relative risk (PDF, 8.4M).

For more information, read the Frequently asked questions (PDF, 272K).

Next steps

Feedback from the online survey and other submissions will be used to inform the finalisation of the plan as well as development of detailed implementation planning.

The final plan is expected to be released late 2017 with a detailed delivery plan to follow.

Last updated
11 October 2017

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