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Queensland has many different types of waterways, including creeks, streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and estuaries. These waterways are important to Queensland’s economy, and for the many recreational benefits they provide.

The continued health of Queensland’s waterways is vital. Maintenance of water quality, aquatic biodiversity and habitats is critical for ecological, economic and social wellbeing.

We monitor ecosystem health in rivers, estuaries and coastal areas throughout Queensland, and regulate industries through licensing waste outputs into waterways.

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Report littering

Did you know it is an offence to drop litter in a waterway?

Report someone littering.

Blue-green algae

Blue-green algae is a potentially harmful type of bacteria known as Cyanobacteria. It can be found in marine waters, rivers, lakes, damp soil, tree trunks, hot springs and snow.

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Last reviewed
31 August 2016
Last updated
17 July 2014
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