Port of Mackay and Hay Point Ambient Marine Water Quality Monitoring Program (July 2014 to July 2015)

Waltham, Nathan, McKenna, Skye, York, Paul, Devlin, Michelle, Campbell, Sean, Rasheed, Michael, Da Silva, Eduardo, Petus, Caroline, and Ridd, Peter (2015) Port of Mackay and Hay Point Ambient Marine Water Quality Monitoring Program (July 2014 to July 2015). Report. TropWATER, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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[Summary] Background.

1. North Queensland Bulk Ports commissioned an ambient marine water quality monitoring program for the region surrounding the Ports of Mackay and Hay Point. The primary objective of this program has been to develop a long term understanding of the marine water quality characteristics for the region.

2. This program has included a combination of spot field measurements and high frequency continuous data loggers, laboratory analysis for nutrient, herbicides and heavy metals, and satellite image to examine the influence of river plumes on regional water quality.

3. Thirteen sites make up this program, extending approximately 60km along the Mackay coastline from Slade Point to Freshwater Point, and offshore to Keswick Island. Sites in the network align with either key sensitive receptor habitats (e.g., corals or seagrass), or with key features in the study region (e.g., river flow points).

4. The program commenced July 2014, and this report presents the first 12 months of monitoring.

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A Report for North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation. This report is confidential and cannot be made public.

Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 03:43
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960903 Coastal and Estuarine Water Management @ 100%
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