River still too salty

SALINITY levels remain well above normal in the Fitzroy River.

The river's long-term average salinity levels, measured as electrical conductivity, are between 200 uS/cm and 400 uS/cm, however at The Gap yesterday they were 828 uS/cm (see graph to the right for salinity level trend).

The high levels remain within national drinking water guidelines.

The Department of Environment and Resource Management is closely monitoring the situation as part of its independent water quality monitoring program.

A department spokesman said no coal mines were currently discharging into the Fitzroy Basin.

He said the most significant contributor to current stream flows and high salinity levels within the Fitzroy Basin was groundwater.

The above average rainfall in the 2010/11 wet season resulted in the highest recharges to groundwater in the Fitzroy Basin since 1914.

Roughly 38 million megalitres of water, went down the Fitzroy during the past wet season. The river system is now among the most extensively monitored and managed watercourses in Queensland.

Previously Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche urged people to satisfy themselves about water quality. Up to date information on Fitzroy River water quality can be found at www.fitzroyriver.qld.gov.au.



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