Third Index of Stream Condition report
Statewide assessment of river condition has been undertaken in Victoria since 1999 using the Index of Stream Condition (ISC).
The third ISC report provides a snapshot of river health for 29,000 km of major rivers and streams in Victoria, using data collected over a six-year period from 2004 – 2010.
For the first time, state of the art remote sensing technology was used to provide a more accurate and comprehensive assessment of river condition than ever before.
Across Victoria, 23 per cent of river length assessed was in good or excellent condition. The report indicates that there has been no substantial change in statewide river condition since the 2004 report. This is a good result considering the data for this assessment was collected over a six-year period that coincided with a severe drought and several extensive bushfires.
A fully accessible version is currently being prepared and will be made available
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For more information on the ISC and copies of past reports see www.depi.vic.gov.au/water/water-resource-reporting then follow links to http://ics.water.vic.gov.au/ics/.