Social and Economic Monitoring
Understanding waterway benefits
Our waterways provide important benefits such as clean and safe drinking water, nursery habitats for recreational and commercial fishing, and a reliable water source for agricultural productivity. Recreation activities in and around waterways not only help to improve physical health and wellbeing, they also contribute approximately $2.3 billion to the region’s economy annually1.
The Waterway Benefits Rating in the Healthy Waterways Report Card helps us to understand how these social and economic values will be affected by changing environmental conditions. The Waterway Benefits Rating measures the following social and economic components:
- community values and satisfaction with waterways
- appropriate access to local waterways
- economic benefits generated through recreation
- economic benefits provided through recreational fishing
clean waterways that support the supply of low cost drinking water
These components are combined to reach an overall Waterway Benefits Rating, represented by a 1-5 star rating system.
***** Maximum benefits: The local community receives full social and economic benefits from waterways.
**** Very high benefits: The local community receives the majority of social and economic benefits from waterways.
*** High benefits: The local community receives many social and economic benefits from waterways.
** Moderate benefits: The local community receives only a few social and economic benefits from waterways.
* Minimum benefits: The local community receives almost no social or economic benefits from waterways.
The Waterway Benefits Rating provides a benchmark to measure future improvements or increases in the benefits and services that our waterways provide to the community. Data and information are collected through a range of methods including social surveys (in partnership with Queensland University of Technology) and economic assessments.
1 Healthy Waterways Independent Economic Valuation 2015