Waterways and Catchment Report Card for the Mid Coast.

The report card is in and waterways in the Great Lakes have continued to maintain or improved water quality.

Smiths Lake, Charlotte Bay and Myall Lakes have all received an A-grade in 2017 Waterways and Catchment Report Card for the Mid Coast.

The lower Myall Estuary and Bombah Broadwater both reported a B, equal to or better than previous years.  

The mid Wallamba estuary and Wallamba Cove have maintained a grade of C and B respectively for the last three years, with Pipers Creek maintaining a B-grade.

However, central Wallis Lake dropped from an A to a B this year.

MidCoast Council is applauding the efforts of its community partners, along with stakeholders such as the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, after today's release of the  report card.

The waterways are such an important part of the Mid Coast region and it's very exciting to see this holistic approach to waterway and catchment health across the region.

Katheryn Smith

This first combined Mid Coast report card presents results for the Manning River Estuary, Khappinghat Creek, Wallis Lake, Smiths Lake and Myall Lakes.

Revealing the results to the Mid Coast community today, December 5 in Taree, Dr Peter Scanes from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) said: "It's pleasing to see that almost all sites maintained or improved their grade this year.”

Dr Scanes leads an independent team of scientists who assess the health of the waterways each year.

The report card helps council compare the current conditions with the condition it would like them to be.

The sites are graded from A-F and compared to other locations across NSW.

Results this year show that the Manning River estuary has maintained a B-grade over the past four years and is in good ecological condition, with the Khappinghat Creek estuary continuing with an A-grade due to excellent water clarity and low algal growth.

"The waterways are such an important part of the Mid Coast region and it's very exciting to see this holistic approach to waterway and catchment health across the region," deputy mayor, Katheryn Smith said.

"It is a credit to the communities within our region that we've been able partner together to achieve great outcomes for our waterways."

This year, council shone a spotlight on the Manning River estuary, celebrating the hard work of local farmers Peter Longworth, Ian Crisp and Julian Biega, who are improving landscape and waterway health. 

They are also featured in the report card for managing their farmland to be sensitive to waterway and catchment health whilst maintaining productivity for their businesses.

After the release of the report card results, local residents, scientists and government representatives gathered on board Manning Valley River Cruises’ Island Explorer to see some of the projects that council and its partners have invested in over the years. 

"It was a great opportunity to bring the community with us to see for themselves some of the work that's being done to improve our water quality," Manning catchment officer Blayne West said.

"These projects on the Manning River are great examples of the innovative partnerships between council, State and Federal government as well as private business and landholders, and are made possible by the Environmental Special Rate."

The full report card is available to view at www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/reportcard or contact council to find out more about water quality in the Mid Coast.