Friday, May 25, 2018

Why is land clearing bad news for the Great Barrier Reef?

When the Federal Government approved the bulldozing of nearly 2,000 hectares of forest on Cape York's Kingvale Station this month, critics warned that the clearing would add to the sediment load running onto the Great Barrier Reef.
More than 1,000 tonnes of extra sediment could land on the reef annually.
Many said the approval undermined the Government's $500 million budget commitment to protect the reef, and was at odds with Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) advice, which lists land-based run-off as a significant threat.

So how does land clearing affect sediment runoff, and what implications can this have for downstream marine environments like the Great Barrier Reef?


Read Joanna Khan’s story from ABC News - “Why is land clearing bad news for the Great Barrier Reef?

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