The National Water Commission developed a national framework that formed the basis of comparable national river and wetland health assessments, and has the capacity to bring together results of existing broad-scale assessments conducted at state, territory and basin scales. The Framework for the Assessment of River and Wetland Health (FARWH) was trialled by TRaCK in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the framework in assessing river health in the wet/dry tropics, and contributing to north Australian river management.
This project produced Monitoring river health in the wet–dry tropics: strategic considerations, community participation and indicators.
Close, P., Dobbs, R., Tunbridge, D., Speldewinde, P., Warfe, D., Toussaint, S., & Davies, P. (2014). Customary and recreational fishing pressure: Large-bodied fish assemblages in a tropical, intermittent Australian river. Marine and Freshwater Research, 65(5), 466-474. doi: 10.1071/MF13042
Chessman, & Townsend. (2010). Differing effects of catchment land use on water chemistry explain contrasting behaviour of a diatom index in tropical northern and temperate southern Australia. Ecological Indicators, 10(3), 620-626. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2009.10.006
The project was led by Simon Townsend from Charles Darwin University.