Alam, Khorshed and Rolfe, John and Windle, Jill (2004) The importance of riparian vegetation in improving water quality (Establishing the Potential for Offset Trading in the Lower Fitzroy River Research Report No. 2). Project Report. Central Queensland University, Emerald, Australia.
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Non-point source water pollution of waterways is a significant environmental problem throughout the Fitzroy Basin. Grazing being the major land use (i.e. about 88
percent of the land area in the region), it is also the major source of pollutants, including sediment and nutrients (mainly nitrogen and phosphorus). The effect of livestock grazing, and the need for the restoration of the riparian vegetation zones along the waterways to
reduce nutrient and sediment inputs is being recommended. Maintaining riparian zone vegetation is also crucial for the water quality of the catchment as well as the GBR
lagoon. Riparian buffer zones can improve and maintain water quality by filtering sediment, nutrients, organic mater, and pesticides from surface and groundwater flow,
through the processes of deposition, absorption, plant uptake, and denitrification. It can effectively reduce the amount of sediment reaching streams and rivers.
A relatively large body of studies exists that support the use of riparian buffer strips to manage nutrients and sediments. While it is well recognized that buffer zones
have great potential to improve water quality and enhance riparian biodiversity, however how best to realize this potential is still a matter of considerable debate. In many
occasions, a patchwork of policies and initiatives featuring either a regulatory or marketbased
or a mixture of regulatory and voluntary approaches have developed to encourage the protection/establishment of riparian buffer zones. In this report, the importance of
riparian zones in reducing sediment and nutrient loads into the receiving waters are described and a review of on-ground initiatives in the region is made.
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|Item Type:||Report (Project Report)|
|Item Status:||Live Archive|
|Additional Information (displayed to public):||Published version deposited with permission from Project Head, A/Prof. J. Rolfe.|
|Depositing User:||Dr Khorshed Alam|
|Faculty / Department / School:||Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management|
|Date Deposited:||01 Sep 2010 00:34|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 23:29|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||riparain vegetation; water quality; Fitzroy River|
|Fields of Research (FoR):||14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics|
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