Water quality and monitoring services

Water Quality:

QMDC is one of many agencies monitoring the water quality and health of our Basin’s wetlands in order to track conditions and trends. We apply this science to show whether land activity is affecting our wetlands and to prioritise riverine activities. The data informs a broader catchment model developed for the Condamine-Balonne, Moonie, Weir and Border Rivers catchments.

We work with landholders to put water quality practices into place, and to increase our understanding about water quality and river health.We monitor or support monitoring at almost 100 sites in the Border Rivers and Maranoa-Balonne River systems. An annual water-bug or macroscopic invertebrate sample is also taken to give a coarse indication of wetland health.

SWAMP -  The Stanthorpe Water Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP) is an excellent example of community monitoring in action. The project is a partnership between local landholders and 12 organisations, including Granite Borders Landcare, Southern Downs Regional Council and QMDC, and aims to collect long-term water quality data for the Stanthorpe area.

CSG Net Bore Monitoring Program -  QMDC has entered into a contract with the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines and Landcare groups to implement the CSG Net initative. The project aims to bring bore owners, DNRM and Coal Seam Gas companies together to monitor groundwater levels in areas of CSG activity. 

Store and Release -  QMDC has been contracted by Government departments to undertake a “Store and Release” water quality monitoring program. The intent is to provide data to inform the concept of irrigators selling and releasing water from offstream storages into streams and other wetlands for environmental benefit. Under Queensland EPA legislation such an exercise can only be undertaken if stakeholders can demonstrate the release of water into streams does not in itself pose undue risk of doing environmental harm.

Our technical staff and Aboriginal Rangers are undertaking base flow sample runs and event flow sample runs from storages and “receiving waters”. The samples are being analysed for salts, nutrients, metals, pesticides and petroleum based pollutants.

For more information contact: QMDC Water and Wetlands Senior Regional Projects Officer on paulw@qmdc.org.au or contact 07 4637 6200.

Upcoming Events

Mental Health First Aid…free workshop.

28 June 2017

This is a Community Initiative: Sponsored by South West Hospitals and Health Service. Who can attend a course? Any interested adult can attend, though please note this course is not for adolescents to attend. This…  + read more


02 July 2017

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017. The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and…  + read more

QMDC Member Meeting for the Maranoa region

06 July 2017

Our regular member meetings are a chance for you to hear about projects and activities in the Maranoa-Balonne and Border Rivers - from QMDC and our member organisations. All welcome. Where: Surat Bowls Club  When:  9:30am…  + read more