Healthy Estuaries portal goes live

Searching for information online these days can be an endless maze.

Fortunately, NACC has created a handy shortcut for those looking for information on estuaries in the Northern Agricultural Region and we are excited to announce it has just gone ‘live’ on the internet.

The NACC Healthy Estuaries site provides users with a variety of information about estuaries in one convenient location.

At the heart of the site is the Data Portal. This is where all the data collected from citizen science estuary monitoring events is displayed. The user-friendly layout means that even ‘non-sciency’ people can understand it. Water quality data and observations from Moore and Hill River estuaries is currently being uploaded for open public access. Plans are in place for data from other estuaries to be added in the future.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Manager Hamish Longbottom said the launch of the Healthy Estuaries site was a culmination of many months of work to create something that was easily accessible, practical, informative, and user-friendly.

Keeping an eye on our estuaries is in all our best interests

“Drawing on experience and advice from EstuaryWatch Victoria, we aim to provide users with an easy way to find the information they want,” he said.

“We also hope the Healthy Estuaries site inspires people to get involved in the project, and help us to make sure these important areas get the attention they deserve.”

The Healthy Estuaries site can also feature estuary events as they happen – with volunteers able to upload photos and observations including flood events, threatened flora and fauna sightings, bar openings, fish kills, and algal blooms.

If you are interested in contributing valuable data from estuaries in the Northern Agricultural Region, please contact the NACC Coastal and Marine team.

Thanks to the Centre of eResearch and Digital Innovation at Federation University for building the website and their amazing attention to detail.

To get started, dive into the site at www.healthyestuaries.com.au

 

NACC’s Healthy Estuaries project is made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s Coastwest grants program.

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