WWF Australia Concern at Toxic Pollution from Flooding

WWF Australia is warning that the flooding of the Queensland coast could well cause toxic pollution, which in turn will have a dramatic effect on the Great Barrier Reef’s coral and marine life.

To help protect communities in flood prone areas, the larger restoration of surrounding woodland is imperative to ease possible future water overspill.

WWF spokesman, Nick Heath, said –

In addition to the terrible costs to farmers and communities in Queensland, we will also see a major and extremely harmful decline in water quality on the Great Barrier Reef. Today’s floods are bigger, dirtier and more dangerous from excessive tree clearing, overgrazing and soil compaction. As a result less water infiltrates deep into the soil, increasing the size and erosive intensity of floods.

Sedimentary flow to the Great Barrier Reef has increased up to five times over the past 150 years, with inorganic nitrogen and phosphorous continuing to enter the Reef at enhanced levels. With climate change very likely to increase the chances of further flooding, now is the time to start planning for the next major event and help protect not just the people of Australia, but the habitat that surrounds them.

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