The Water Program's aim is to maintain and enhance ecosystem health of the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary, and Brid and George catchments through water quality improvement.

The Big Picture

The NRM North region’s water assets include our surface water, ground water, freshwater lakes, wetlands and estuaries. These assets provide essential clean water for drinking, provide amenity for recreation, are used for industry and support diverse and unique aquatic biodiversity values and ecosystems. The kanamaluka/Tamar estuary is a focal point for the city of Launceston and underpins the region’s social and economic value. The health of the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary has been a long-standing issue of contention in the community. The upper reaches of the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary are under pressure from high loads of both diffuse and point source pollutants including nutrients, sediments, metals and pathogens which has resulted in poor health for many years. Other key catchments in the Region which support townships and face similar water quality pressures include the Brid and the George catchments. There is an opportunity to work with key partners, landholders and the community to address these pressures facing our rivers and estuaries and reduce pollutants entering our waterways from urban and diffuse (catchment) sources.

Looking across North Esk River
Looking across the North Esk River to Launceston.
Lake Trevallyn Dam
Water quality monitoring occurs at Lake Trevallyn throughout summer.

Strategic Focus

The Water Program focuses on improving water quality and enhancing the ecological, social and economic value of the regions waterways by reducing the load of diffuse (catchment) and point source (industry and sewage treatment plants) pollutants entering waterways. The target catchments and issues that NRM North will focus on between 2015-2025 include:

  • building the capacity and knowledge of the community and management agencies to understand and manage storm water quality, sewage treatment plant discharges and overflows and recreational water quality; and
  • on ground actions to reduce the load of diffuse pollutants entering waterways from dairy areas in the Meander, Brid and George catchments and grazing areas in the Brid, George, North Esk, Macquarie, and Brumbys-Lake catchments.

You can read more about the Water Program in the NRM North Strategic Plan 2019-2023.

Current Water Projects

TEER Program

A coordinated approach to manage and guide investment of the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers waterways.

Tamar Estuary River Health Action Plan (RHAP)

Catchment works to improve public health through reduced pathogen concentrations in Zone 1 of the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary.

Tamar Action Grants

Funding for landholders to exclude stock from waterways in the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers catchments.

Managing Stormwater in Northern Tasmania

Learn how we're improving stormwater quality management across the region.

Working together to manage the TEER

Learn how we are working together for healthy waterways.

Monitoring water quality in the TEER

Learn more about the Water Quality Improvement Plan.

Ecosystem health of the Tamar

Data collected under the Ecosystem Health Assessment Program is used to produce the Tamar Estuary Report Card.

Protecting the supply of drinking water

Shared information and resources to improve the management strategies used at Lake Trevallyn.

Biological values of the TEER

Learn about what calls the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers home.