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 to 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, it was found that 23 per cent of river length assessed was in either good or excellent condition. The report indicates that there has been no substantial change in state-wide river condition since the 2004 report. This is a positive result when considering the data for this assessment was collected over a six-year period that coincided with a severe drought and several extensive bushfires.
For more information on the ISC and copies of past reports see the Index of Condition System site.