Ecohealth

A community unlike any other

Explore inspiring articles, discover events, connect with locals and learn more about Coffs Harbour City Council.

Work with us

Work With Us

There has never been a better time to join our team so take a look at our current vacancies and apply now.

Read more
Around the World

Register Now

The 21st Local Government Information Technology Conference will be held in Coffs Harbour 28-30 November...

Read more
Karangi Public School

Karangi Students WaterWise

Karangi Public School recently undertook a WaterWise refresher to investigate water saving strategies and prevent wastage.

Read more
View all news

Latest News

Arts Grants

Diversity Celebrated Through Arts Grants

Ten local groups are to share $37,400 in arts and cultural grants from Council that will bring new and exciting opportunities...

Read more
Sawtell HP Revamp

Major Holiday Parks Investment Keeps Visitors Coming

All four Coffs Coast Holiday Parks have had significant upgrades to make sure they remain among the top places to stay on the Coffs Coast.

Read more
Artist and Writer

Travels with my Art

Emmy Award-winning film-maker, author, cycling advocate and artist Mike Rubbo will be at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library on August 30 to talk about his book...

Read more
View all news

Upcoming Events

Ecohealth

A catchment health monitoring program for the Coffs Coast Catchments

About the Ecohealth program

The Northern Rivers Aquatic Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (Ecohealth) is a catchment based estuarine and freshwater monitoring and reporting program currently being trialled by Council . It provides an assessment of water quality, riparian (river bank) vegetation condition, fish assemblage, and macroinvertebrate (waterbugs) distribution to assess ecosystem health of individual waterways and catchments. The Ecohealth program also involves the distribution of a catchment Report Card, a community communication tool summarising the Ecohealth Report findings and displaying this information in an easy to understand visual format.

Sampling Sites

  • Bonville and Pine Creek
  • Boambee and Newports Creek
  • Coffs Creek
  • Moonee Creek
  • Hearnes Lake
  • Woolgoolga Lake
  • Darkum Creek
  • Arrawarra Creek
  • Corindi and Saltwater Creek

Sampling regime

Monthly sampling for water chemistry, bi-annual sampling for macroinvertebrates at freshwater sites, and a once-off assessment of riparian condition are the key components of Ecohealth. In addition, macrophyte mapping of estuaries and water quality measurements and samples collected at each site are:- Water depth (m), pH, Temperature (C), Conductivity (mS/cm) and Salinity (ppt), Dissolved oxygen (mg/L and % saturation), Turbidity (NTU), Secchi depth (m), Total Suspended Solids (TSS) (mg/L), Chlorophyll a (ug/L), Total nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) (mg/L).

For further information on the program visit the UNE Ecohealth website.