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The Lakes Environmental and Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program


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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Program start date


Program end date


Objectives of the program

To gain a better understanding of natural processes in The Lakes and to identify conditions that lead to algae bloom and fish kills.

Who is involved?

Lead organisation

Townsville City Council (Construction and Maintenance and Integrated Sustainability Services with analysis by Townsville Water).

Contact details of lead organisation: enquiries♲

List of indicators monitored

A suite of physicochemical parameters are monitored with emphasis on pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen (% saturation) and algal concentrations. Most importantly, visual (water colour, avifauna, surface activity) and seasonal observations (temperature, rainfall, cloud cover and tidal variations) are ongoing.

Scale of program

Catchment scale

Brief description of sampling locations

Ross Creek catchment - The Lakes – Paradise (Keyatta) Lake and Curralea Lake

Frequency of monitoring

Historically monitored twice per week (visual and physicochemical); however, the sampling frequency may be streamlined in future over the low risk months (May – October).

Where is the program reported?

Results are available upon request enquiries♲

Last updated: 22 March 2013

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2013) The Lakes Environmental and Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 April 2023. Available at:

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