Broken River Wetlands

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The Broken River begins in mountain rainforests west of Mackay, is impounded by Eungella Dam and then combines with sides streams from the east (eg. Massey, Urannah and Grant Creeks) to provide an almost permanently flowing clear-water river system that drives the greater Bowen River catchment. Eungella Dam is listed in the Directory of Important Wetlands, but the reaches below the dam are greatly affected by restricted discharge from that dam. However, this effect is lost as the other tributaries enter the system. Much of the headwaters of this system are protected in National Parks and reserves. The quality and variety of habitats here is very high and the area has high conservation value, though it requires further exploration to fully document these values.

Broken River Wetlands Condition Summary

Sources of data and definitions


ID No. Name Type Permanency of inundation Flushing frequency / flow No of water bodies Prop of water bodies Description
1 Broken River above dam - Permanent Semi-perm Many H Mountain partly rainforest stream
2 Eungella Dam Lac Permanent Semi-perm One VH Impoundment, DOIW
3 Broken River Gorge Riv Permanent Semi-perm Many VH Mountainous boulder river
4 Broken River Riv Permanent Semi-perm Many VH Mountainous boulder river
5 Massey Creek Riv Permanent Semi-perm Many VH Mountain stream, good flow
6 Urannah Creek Riv Permanent Permanent Many VH Mountain stream, rarely stops flowing
7 Grant Creek Riv Permanent Seasonal Few? L Seasonal, sandy river
8 Emu Creek Riv Permanent Seasonal Few? L Seasonal, sandy river


No. Water Quality Aquatic habitat Values Degree of confidence
Departure from natural Functionality Departure from natural Functionality
1 2 2 2 2 2 4
2 3 3 3 3 2 2
3 2 2 2 2 2 3
4 2 2 2 2 2 3
5 1 1 1 1 2 4
6 1 1 1 1 2 4
7 2 2 2 2 4 4
8 2 2 2 2 4 4

References

Related information

Location of Broken River Wetlands
Location of Broken River Wetlands

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