Darwin Harbour
Integrated Report Card

Clean Water

Clean water was identified through stakeholder consultation as being a key value for a healthy Darwin Harbour. Clean water has been assessed in the harbour using a water quality index and a sediment quality index. Both indicators were developed by the NT Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS).

Information on the indicators used to assess this value can be found below:

Water Quality Index

Sediment Quality Index

"Early morning storm over Darwin Harbour" by Geoff Whalan is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

2021 Recommendations

Continue long-term water quality monitoring and adjust sampling locations for sediment metals to include more sites in Buffalo and Myrmidon Creeks. Investigate source of elevated metals identified at sites in East Arm. In accordance with work currently being conducted by NT Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, a key priority item for water quality in Darwin Harbour is the development of a Dredging Strategy and Plan.