Burdekin River (below Dam) Wetlands

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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

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 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
1 5 3 3 2 1 1
2 5 3 3 3 2 1
3 2 2 2 2 5 3
4 2 2 2 2 3 3


Related information

Location of Burdekin River (below Dam) Wetlands
Location of Burdekin River (below Dam) Wetlands

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