Welcome to the Reef Rescue Water Quality Research and Development Program website.

The Reef Rescue Research and Development Water Quality Program (Reef Rescue R&D) was designed to improve our understanding of the link between land management practices and environmental impacts, and improve water quality across the Great Barrier Reef by supporting a reduction in the amount of nutrients, chemicals and sediments reaching the Reef from agricultural lands.

Reef Rescue R&D was funded under the Australian Government's Caring for our Country program 2011-2013, and consisted of 18 projects.

On this website you will find project information, news, events and helpful resources including Research Outcomes Reports. A Final Program Report also provides a synthesis of the research findings.

The Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC) coordinated Reef Rescue R&D and provided links between projects within the program, and to external initiatives.

In 2014-2015, a number of additional projects were funded through the Reef Programme, under  the Australian Government's National Landcare programme. Final reports from these projects are also available on this site.

We welcome your enquiries – please contact the Reef Rescue R&D team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..