Burdekin Delta Wetlands

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The Burdekin Delta contains perhaps the greatest concentration of wetland habitat in the entire catchment. The conservation values of the area include wetlands listed in the Directory of Important Wetlands, and as part of Bowling Green Bay National Park and Ramsar site. More is known of the creeks and wetlands on the left (northern) bank than on the right (southern) bank. Because of the intensive urban and agricultural land uses, many of the creeks and wetlands have been highly modified from their original state. Modified hydrology, loss of fish passage and riparian vegetation, and domination by aquatic weeds make many of the wetlands of poor quality. However, some retain significant values and recent rehabilitation efforts (eg. Sheep Station Creek) show that these systems can be healthy and productive ecological systems. This area is a high priority for such investments.

Burdekin Delta 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 Lower Burdekin River Riv Permanent Permanent Many VH Permanent, turbid flow due to releases from Burdekin Dam
2 Lower Cassidy Ck Riv Permanent Semi-perm Few H Artificial flow due to groundwater dewatering
3 Saltwater Ck wetlands Pal Permanent Permanent Several H Artificial flow for irrigation purposes, DOIW
4 Kalamia Ck Riv/Pal Permanent Permanent Several H Artificial flow for irrigation purposes, part DOIW
5 Plantation Ck Pal Permanent Permanent Several H Artificial flow for irrigation purposes, DOIW
6 Sheepstation Ck Riv Permanent Permanent Many H Artificial flow for irrigation purposes. DOIW
7 Kellys Lagoon Lac Permanent Permanent One VH Unregulated Lagoons of Sheepstation Ck
8 Coastal wetland complex Pal Permanent Seasonal Many H Complex variety of wetlands, DOIW


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

References

Related information

Location of Burdekin Delta Wetlands
Location of Burdekin Delta Wetlands

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