Clarke River Wetlands

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This is a very large but dry sub-division. The Clarke River itself is a largely dry sandy, seasonal river channel. However, the headwaters of this system and those of several of the key tributaries begin in basalt country, and thus contain significant permanent, clear-water waterbodies fed by basalt springs, or in the case of the Broken River: limestone. Condition of the spring-fed waterholes is generally good, though some of the tributaries are poorly known ecologically.

Clarke 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 Upper Clarke Springs FP/Lac Permanent Permanent Few L Small spring-fed creeks
2 Lower Clarke River Riv Seasonal Seasonal Zero VL Large, dry river
3 Broken River Riv Permanent Seasonal Several L Limestone river with several waterholes
4 Junction Creek Riv Permanent Seasonal Several L Several basalt spring waterholes
5 Maryvale Creek Riv Permanent Seasonal Several L Several basalt spring waterholes
6 Lower Clarke trib. Riv Permanent Seasonal Few VL Several basalt spring waterholes
No. Water Quality Aquatic habitat Values Degree of confidence
Departure from natural Functionality Departure from natural Functionality
1 2 2 2 2 4 3
2 2 2 2 2 4 1
3 2 2 2 2 3 4
4 2 2 2 2 3 3
5 2 2 2 2 3 3
6 2 2 2 2 4 4

References

Related information

Location of Clarke River Wetlands
Location of Clarke River Wetlands

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