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<h2>Vegetation</h2>
 
<h2>Vegetation</h2>
 
<h3>Riparian Habitat</h3>
 
<h3>Riparian Habitat</h3>
 
 
<p>[[iTRARC]] analysis of [[Riparian Habitat]] indicates that the catchment condition has decreased since the 1970s primarily due to floodplain clearing and an increase in gullying/scalding within the catchment. </p>
 
<p>[[iTRARC]] analysis of [[Riparian Habitat]] indicates that the catchment condition has decreased since the 1970s primarily due to floodplain clearing and an increase in gullying/scalding within the catchment. </p>
  
<p>Reference:[http://wiki.nqdrytropics.com.au/images/e/e9/Assessing_the_condition_of_Riparian_Vegetation_in_the_Burdekin_catchment.pdf Assessing the condition of Riparian  
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<p>Reference:[http://wiki.nqdrytropics.com.au/images/e/e9/Assessing_the_condition_of_Riparian_Vegetation_in_the_Burdekin_catchment.pdf Assessing the condition of Riparian Vegetation in the Burdekin catchment]</p>
 
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Vegetation in the Burdekin catchment]</p>
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<p>For more information see [[Abbot Bay Vegetation |Abbot Bay riparian habitat condition summary]]</p>
 
<p>For more information see [[Abbot Bay Vegetation |Abbot Bay riparian habitat condition summary]]</p>
  
 
<h2>Wetlands</h2>
 
<h2>Wetlands</h2>
<p>The following information is summarized from the ACTFR report: '''Assessing the condition of Wetlands in the Burdekin catchment using existing GIS and field knowledge for CCI''' by ''Mirjam Maughan, Damien Burrows, Barry Butler, Leo Lymburner and George Lukacs. 2006.'' This report can be accessed from the report section below. </p>
 
 
 
<p>The creek systems of this sub-division are ephemeral, only running for short periods after significant rainfall. The coastal freshwater wetlands are also mostly ephemeral or seasonal. Very little is known about these wetlands ecologically, and any permanent waterholes within the creeks are likely small in size and very vulnerable to disturbance. The Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia listing for this area is predominantly based on marine and estuarine wetlands.  The freshwater fish fauna of the Don River was surveyed by Hogan and Vallance (1998) in relation to studies examining the possibility of building a water storage on the river.  They found that freshwater fish diversity was limited, this probably being attributable to the ephemeral nature of the streams.  This area supports a significant horticultural industry, based largely on groundwater extraction.  It has and is still being examined for further irrigation development via a channel/pipeline from the Burdekin River.  The potential impacts of such development require significant examination but Butler and Lukacs (1998) outlined some issues identified during a preliminary overview of the areas wetlands.  Overall, the freshwater wetlands of the area are poorly known, but due to the types of developments that dominate the region (mostly cattle grazing) the departure from natural is considered to be relatively minor. </p>
 
<p>The creek systems of this sub-division are ephemeral, only running for short periods after significant rainfall. The coastal freshwater wetlands are also mostly ephemeral or seasonal. Very little is known about these wetlands ecologically, and any permanent waterholes within the creeks are likely small in size and very vulnerable to disturbance. The Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia listing for this area is predominantly based on marine and estuarine wetlands.  The freshwater fish fauna of the Don River was surveyed by Hogan and Vallance (1998) in relation to studies examining the possibility of building a water storage on the river.  They found that freshwater fish diversity was limited, this probably being attributable to the ephemeral nature of the streams.  This area supports a significant horticultural industry, based largely on groundwater extraction.  It has and is still being examined for further irrigation development via a channel/pipeline from the Burdekin River.  The potential impacts of such development require significant examination but Butler and Lukacs (1998) outlined some issues identified during a preliminary overview of the areas wetlands.  Overall, the freshwater wetlands of the area are poorly known, but due to the types of developments that dominate the region (mostly cattle grazing) the departure from natural is considered to be relatively minor. </p>
  
<p> [[Abbot Bay Wetlands|Abbot Bay wetland condition summary...]] </p>
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<p>Reference: [http://wiki.nqdrytropics.com.au/images/5/52/Assessing_the_Condition_of_Wetlands_in_the_Burdekin_Catchment.pdf Assessing the condition of Wetlands in the Burdekin catchment]</p>
  
<h3>Water </h3>
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<p>For more information see [[Abbot Bay Wetlands|Abbot Bay Wetland condition summary]] </p>
<p>Abbot Bay is one of the smaller of the Burdekin subcatchments (<1000 sq.km).  Hillslope erosion is believed to be the major source of sediment and particulate nutrients influencing water quality within this subcatchment. Loss of sediment and associated particulate nutrients from hillslopes (supply) is considered to be relatively low at  165  kg/ha/yr compared to other subcatchments within the greater Burdekin catchment.  The proportion of land with less than 50% ground cover is also relatively low at 12%. The moderate concentrations of sediments are a consequence of the low rainfall and thus, low mean annual flow within this system.</p>
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<h2>Water</h2>
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<p>Abbot Bay is one of the smaller of the Burdekin subcatchments (<1000 sq.km). Hillslope erosion is believed to be the major source of sediment and particulate nutrients influencing water quality within this subcatchment. Loss of sediment and associated particulate nutrients from hillslopes (supply) is considered to be relatively low at  165  kg/ha/yr compared to other subcatchments within the greater Burdekin catchment. The proportion of land with less than 50% ground cover is also relatively low at 12%. The moderate concentrations of sediments are a consequence of the low rainfall and thus, low mean annual flow within this system.</p>
  
</p>For more information see the [[Abbot Bay Catchment - Water Quality Information| Water Quality Information Page]] <p>
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<p>For more information see the [[Abbot Bay Catchment - Water Quality Information| Water Quality Information]]</p>
  
<h3>Landuse</h3>
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<h3>Land Condition</h3>
  
<h3>Mining</h3>
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<p>[[Definition of ABCD land condition framework]]</p>
 
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<h3>Grazing Land</h3>
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<h4>'''Land Condition'''</h4>
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<p> [[Definition of ABCD land condition framework]] </p>
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<p>No data available for land condition in the Abbot Bay subcatchment. </p>
 
<p>No data available for land condition in the Abbot Bay subcatchment. </p>
  
<h4>'''Ground Cover'''</h4>
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<h3>Ground Cover</h3>
  
 
<p>No data available for [[Ground Cover]] in the Abbot Bay subcatchment. </p>
 
<p>No data available for [[Ground Cover]] in the Abbot Bay subcatchment. </p>
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<h3>Maps</h3>
 
<h3>Maps</h3>
 
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<gallery>
image:AbbotBay.jpg|Abbot Bay
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image:AbbotBay.jpg|<center>Abbot Bay</center>
image:LanduseAbbotBay.jpg|Abbot Bay Landuse (focus on Abbot Bay)
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image:LanduseAbbotBay.jpg|<center>Abbot Bay Landuse (focus on Abbot Bay)</center>
image:AbbotBayWet.jpg|Abbot Bay Wetlands
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image:AbbotBayWet.jpg|<center>Abbot Bay Wetlands</center>
image:GoogleAbbotBay.jpg|Abbot Bay Catchment - Google Image
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image:GoogleAbbotBay.jpg|<center>Abbot Bay Catchment - Google Image</center>
image:AbbotBayGeology.jpg|Abbot Bay Geology
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image:AbbotBayGeology.jpg|<center>Abbot Bay Geology</center>
image:Abbot Bay Catchment 250K.jpg|250K Topographic Base
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image:Abbot Bay Catchment 250K.jpg|<center>250K Topographic Base</center>
image:Abbot Bay Catchment hillshade.jpg|Catchment Hillshade
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image:Abbot Bay Catchment hillshade.jpg|<center>Catchment Hillshade</center>
image:Abbot Bay Mindmap.jpeg|Watercourses
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image:Abbot Bay Mindmap.jpeg|<center>Watercourses</center>
image:Abbot Bay Minor Catchments.jpg|Minor Catchments
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image:Abbot Bay Minor Catchments.jpg|<center>Minor Catchments</center>
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
 
<p>Please feel free to download the maps in the following formats: </p>
 
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<li>[http://www.actfr.jcu.edu.au/Projects/PDF/AbbotBay.pdf Abbot Bay Map] as *.pdf ([http://www.adobe.com/ap/products/acrobat/readstep2.html requires Acrobat Reader])
 
<li>[http://www.actfr.jcu.edu.au/Projects/PDF/LanduseAbbotBay.pdf Abbot Bay Landuse Map] as *.pdf ([http://www.adobe.com/ap/products/acrobat/readstep2.html requires Acrobat Reader])
 
<li>[http://www.actfr.jcu.edu.au/Projects/PDF/AbbotBayGeology.pdf Abbot Bay Geology Map] as *.pdf ([http://www.adobe.com/ap/products/acrobat/readstep2.html requires Acrobat Reader])
 
<li>[http://www.actfr.jcu.edu.au/Projects/Google/AbbotBay.kmz Catchment Layer] as *.kmz ([http://earth.google.com/ requires Google Earth])
 
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<h3>Photos</h3>
 
<h3>Photos</h3>
 
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<gallery>
 
image:AbbotBay1.jpg
 
image:AbbotBay1.jpg
image:AbbotBay2.jpg
 
image:AbbotBay3.jpg
 
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
<h3>Reports</h3>
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<h3>References</h3>
 
<ul class=”lists”>
 
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<li>[http://www-public.jcu.edu.au/idc/groups/public/documents/technical_report/jcudev_015431.pdf Assessing the condition of Riparian Vegetation in the Burdekin catchment for CCI (2.8 Mb)]
 
<li>[http://www-public.jcu.edu.au/idc/groups/public/documents/technical_report/jcudev_015431.pdf Assessing the condition of Riparian Vegetation in the Burdekin catchment for CCI (2.8 Mb)]
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<li>[http://www.bdtnrm.org.au/cci/targets/downloads/Burdekin-Waterways_UsesValues_Final-Report_July06.pdfSocial, Economic, Cultural and Environmental values of streams and wetlands in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region. (23.5Mb)]
 
<li>[http://www.bdtnrm.org.au/cci/targets/downloads/Burdekin-Waterways_UsesValues_Final-Report_July06.pdfSocial, Economic, Cultural and Environmental values of streams and wetlands in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region. (23.5Mb)]
 
<li>Draft High Ecological Value waters assessment for BDT WQIP
 
<li>Draft High Ecological Value waters assessment for BDT WQIP
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<h3>Data</h3>
 
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<li>[[CQ Remnant Beach Scrub Mapping]]
 
<li>[[Region Wide Datasets]]
 
<li>[[Bowen Broken Bogie Activities]]
 
<li>[[Brigalow Belt Bioregion Boundary]]
 
 
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Revision as of 04:31, 18 December 2014


Subcatchments

Smaller subcatchments within the Abbot Bay Catchment include:

  • Elliot River
  • Saltwater Creek
  • Splitters Creek
  • Euri Creek

Topography

The major water courses of the Abbot Bay Catchment are the Elliot River and Euri Creek. The Elliot River stretches from the south of this catchment off the MT Aberdeen National Park and Pine Hill (624 metres). The Stockyard Creek and Manning Camp Creek join the Elliot River from the south-west in the vicinity of Mt View. Butchers Creek joins the Elliot River from the East in the vicinity of Glenmore Station. Finley Creek drains off the slopes of Mt Abbot (1056 metres) and unnamed feature (568 metres), into the Elliot River 8 kilometres south of the Bruce Highway

Vegetation

Riparian Habitat

iTRARC analysis of Riparian Habitat indicates that the catchment condition has decreased since the 1970s primarily due to floodplain clearing and an increase in gullying/scalding within the catchment.

Reference:Assessing the condition of Riparian Vegetation in the Burdekin catchment

For more information see Abbot Bay riparian habitat condition summary

Wetlands

The creek systems of this sub-division are ephemeral, only running for short periods after significant rainfall. The coastal freshwater wetlands are also mostly ephemeral or seasonal. Very little is known about these wetlands ecologically, and any permanent waterholes within the creeks are likely small in size and very vulnerable to disturbance. The Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia listing for this area is predominantly based on marine and estuarine wetlands. The freshwater fish fauna of the Don River was surveyed by Hogan and Vallance (1998) in relation to studies examining the possibility of building a water storage on the river. They found that freshwater fish diversity was limited, this probably being attributable to the ephemeral nature of the streams. This area supports a significant horticultural industry, based largely on groundwater extraction. It has and is still being examined for further irrigation development via a channel/pipeline from the Burdekin River. The potential impacts of such development require significant examination but Butler and Lukacs (1998) outlined some issues identified during a preliminary overview of the areas wetlands. Overall, the freshwater wetlands of the area are poorly known, but due to the types of developments that dominate the region (mostly cattle grazing) the departure from natural is considered to be relatively minor.

Reference: Assessing the condition of Wetlands in the Burdekin catchment

For more information see Abbot Bay Wetland condition summary

Water

Abbot Bay is one of the smaller of the Burdekin subcatchments (<1000 sq.km). Hillslope erosion is believed to be the major source of sediment and particulate nutrients influencing water quality within this subcatchment. Loss of sediment and associated particulate nutrients from hillslopes (supply) is considered to be relatively low at 165 kg/ha/yr compared to other subcatchments within the greater Burdekin catchment. The proportion of land with less than 50% ground cover is also relatively low at 12%. The moderate concentrations of sediments are a consequence of the low rainfall and thus, low mean annual flow within this system.

For more information see the Water Quality Information

Land Condition

Definition of ABCD land condition framework

No data available for land condition in the Abbot Bay subcatchment.

Ground Cover

No data available for Ground Cover in the Abbot Bay subcatchment.

Maps

Photos

References

Abbot Bay Catchments.jpg

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