Australia-Wide Assessment of River Health: Australian Capital Territory Bioassessment Report (ACT Interim Final Report)
Monitoring River Health Initiative Technical Report Number 3
G. Keen, Environment ACT, Department of Urban Services
Environment Australia, May 2002
ISBN 0 642 54837 4
- Australia-Wide Assessment of River Health: Australian Capital Territory Bioassessment Report (PDF - 899 KB)
- Australia-Wide Assessment of River Health: Australian Capital Territory Bioassessment Report - Appendix 1 (PDF - 43 KB)
About the report
In 1992 the Australian Federal Government, through Environment Australia and the Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation initiated a nationwide program of biological assessment of river health, the Monitoring River Health Initiative (MRHI), formed under the National River Health Program (NRHP). Under the MRHI, the Australian River Assessment System (AusRivAS) predictive models for the biological assessment of river health were developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology (CRCFE).
The Australia Wide Assessment of River Health (AWARH) is an extension of the NRHP and involves sampling approximately 4000-6000 sites across Australia. The AusRivAS models will be used to assess these sites providing a measure of the biological health of rivers throughout Australia. This report forms the final stage of the ACT component of the AWARH in the Upper Murrumbidgee River catchment, providing details of the final alpha level AusRivAS models for the ACT, and summarising AusRivAS assessments of a total of 291 sites monitored between 1994 and 1999.