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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 results of the program and reccomendations, see the report cards below.

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

2016 Ecohealth Reports

Coffs Harbour Ecohealth Report 2016

Coffs Harbour Ecohealth Report Card 2016


2012 Ecohealth Reports

Coffs Harbour Ecohealth Report 2012

Coffs Harbour Northern Catchments Ecohealth Report Card 2012

Coffs Harbour Southern Catchments Ecohealth Report Card 2012


Link to the 2014 Orara River Ecohealth (Part fo the Clarence Ecohealth program.)