Spotlight on river health: Council to vote on waterways technology

The 'Waterways Data Array' will feature a network of monitoring tools across the estuary to gather water quality data. Photo: Shire of Murray.
The 'Waterways Data Array' will feature a network of monitoring tools across the estuary to gather water quality data. Photo: Shire of Murray.

The City of Mandurah council will vote tonight on a business case for advanced technology, which will monitor the health of the Peel-Harvey estuary.

Once endorsed by the council the City will seek $1.3 million for the project from the state government.

The technology, known as the 'Waterways Data Array' will feature a network of monitoring tools across the estuary to gather water quality data.

The raw data will also be available to the public, government and research agencies.

According to council documents without the 'Waterways Data Array' the declining health of the estuary presents a significant risk environmentally and economically.

"The health of the Peel-Harvey Estuary has been in a deteriorating state, with poor water quality resulting in algal blooms and fish kill events," the document outlined.

The reports also revealed that up to $581.85 million is dependent on the conditions of the Peel-Harvey waterways from industries such as recreational and commercial fishing, and boat maintenance.

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If the City is successful in receiving funding the 'Waterways Data Array' aims to achieve a number of outcomes.

According to council documents it will help secure the health of the estuary and the 'water economy' that is dependent upon it by harnessing the power of an international audience, and attract new industry activity and growth.

More to come.