Ongoing pollution of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchments has been documented in a new blog by Anthony Amis, a Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia researcher who has been studying pesticides and water quality for more than twenty years.
In July 2023, FoE published a blog on pesticides in Queensland water supplies. This was based on over 70,000 pesticide detections listed on the Queensland Government’s Pesticide Reporting Portal between late 2011 (in some locations) to March 2023.
This new, follow up blog by Anthony Amis looks at the potential ecological impact of pesticides flowing down rivers and creeks into the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). It does not discuss impacts of pesticides on the GBR but rather hopes to facilitate a better understanding of what is flowing into the GBR.