$6.4 million boost for Great Barrier Reef water quality projects

Dept of Climate Change, Energy, Environment & Water

The Australian Government is investing a further $6.4 million in 3 new water quality projects to safeguard the health of the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Like coral reefs worldwide, the Reef is facing a range of threats. Aside from climate change, one of the most significant threats is sediment and nutrient run-off into Reef catchments.

Sediment can smother coral and restrict the growth of light-dependent plants like seagrass. Increased nutrients can create algal blooms, which are harmful to the Reef ecosystem.

These projects are part of the Streambank Remediation Program, a joint initiative with the Queensland Government, is helping to reduce sediment runoff from eroded streambanks and gullies flowing into the Reef.

This funding is part of the Australian Government’s $1.2 billion investment to protect and restore the Great Barrier Reef.

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