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Stream and Estuary Assessment Program (SEAP) – Freshwater


The map below highlights the areas where sampling has occurred for this program.

Click on the map to view information about the drainage basins in this area.

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Figtree Creek Wet Tropics Photo by Water Planning Ecology Group, DSITIA
Redclaw - a threat in the Lake Eyre Basin Photo by Water Planning Ecology Group, DSITIA
Dragonfly Photo by Water Planning Ecology Group, DSITIA
Macroinvertebrate edge sample Photo by Water Planning Ecology Group, DSITIA
Tributary of Liverpool Creek Photo by Water Planning Ecology Group, DSITIA
Large Macrobrachium Wet Tropics Photo by Water Planning Ecology Group, DSITIA

Program start date

The biological monitoring in Queensland, from which the Stream and Estuary Assessment Program (SEAP) developed, started in 1994. The SEAP commenced towards the end of 2005.

The SEAP has combined methods from a number of departmental ambient biological programs (e.g. the Monitoring River Health Initiative, the National River Health Program and the Ambient Biological Monitoring and Assessment Program), the State of the Rivers monitoring program and further innovative techniques into an integrated monitoring and assessment program.

Program end date


Objectives of the program

The program aims to:

  • continue development of a scientifically robust monitoring and assessment program that can be used in other ecosystem types and at a variety of spatial and temporal scales
  • monitor the condition (health) of riverine ecosystems
  • monitor trend in condition of riverine aquatic ecosystems
  • monitor risk to riverine aquatic ecosystem condition by human activities
  • confirm and improve on the current understanding of processes and components of riverine ecosystems that relate to condition.

The information is aimed at informing broad-scale natural resources planning. It also has the objective to inform State of the Environment reporting and the Queensland Water Quality Guidelines.

Who is involved?

Lead organisation

Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (Department of Environment and Science)

Contact details of lead organisation: water.monitoring♲

Partner organisations

Support provided by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Griffith University

List of indicators monitored

Varies according to province

Scale of program

Province scale

Brief description of sampling locations

Sampling is conducted in nine freshwater biogeographic provinces across Queensland: Central, Eastern Cape, Jardine, Lake Eyre and Bulloo, Murray-Darling, South-East, Western Cape and Gulf, Wallum and Wet Tropics.

Frequency of monitoring

One province sampled per year

Where is the program reported?

Stream and Estuary Assessment Program

Last updated: 18 November 2015

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2015) Stream and Estuary Assessment Program (SEAP) – Freshwater, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 April 2023. Available at:

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