Burdekin Delta Wetlands
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
|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|
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