Burdekin River (below Dam) Wetlands
The flow regime, water quality and aquatic habitat of the Burdekin River below the dam has been highly modified by irrigation releases from the Burdekin Falls Dam, including persistently elevated water turbidity. This has had a major effect on ecological processes in a significant reach of the river, and although knowledge of the exact effects are limited, it appears to still be relatively healthy, just highly modified from natural. The reach also includes three weir pools, the most downstream of which, Clare Weir, restricts fish passage up the river, although a new fishway was installed there in 2006.
Burdekin River (below Dam) Wetlands Condition Summary
|ID No.||Name||Type||Permanency of inundation||Flushing frequency / flow||No of water bodies||Prop of water bodies||Description|
|1||Burdekin River||Riv||Permanent||Permanent||Many||VH||Permanent, turbid flow due to releases from Burdekin Dam|
|2||Clare Weir||Riv||Permanent||Permanent||One||VH||Weir, with turbid water due to releases from Burdekin Dam|
|3||Burdekin river trib||Riv||Unknown||Ephemeral||Unknown||VL||Dry, ephemeral creeks|
|4||Bonnie Doon wetlands||Pal/Lac||Ephemeral||Ephemeral||Unknown||VL||Ephemeral wetland complex|
|No.||Water Quality||Aquatic habitat||Values||Degree of confidence|
|Departure from natural||Functionality||Departure from natural||Functionality|
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