Broken River Wetlands
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
|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|
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