How will the Smart Catchments project monitoring tools differ to current monitoring methods used by Council?

Cairns Regional Council currently has a water monitoring program for Saltwater Creek. This involves regularly taking samples of water, manually at identified sites. These samples are then tested by hand at a lab. Environment officers are looking for any changes in the quality of the water to understand what has caused the change, what impact that change may have and if action needs to be taken to mitigate that impact.  Lab tests can take up to two-weeks.

The technology being utilised in the Smart Catchments project pilot includes next-generation sensors. These sensors automatically and immediately send the data to a connected ‘gauging station’ that allows officers to read data in near real time, doing away with the two-week wait for lab tests. This will then inform immediate management processes to ensure the quality of stormwater is the best it can be and not impact on the health of the community or the Great Barrier Reef.

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Last updated: 28 February 2019