Fanning River Wetlands

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This river has two main arms arising within the Herveys Range, west of Townsville, then falling through a gorge before flattening out in savanna rangelands. The west arm within and above the gorge contains a number of permanent waterholes, though the presence of water in the lower half of the river is limited. The upper portions of the river are within a military training area, thus limiting their land use and condition there is generally considered to be good. Water quality characteristics of this river have been reasonably well studied.

Fanning 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 west branch Riv Permanent Seasonal Few L Mountain creeks
2 East branch Riv Permanent Seasonal Few L Mountain creeks
3 Gorge country Riv Permanent Seasonal Several M Mountain and gorge creeks
4 Lower Fanning river Riv Semi perm Seasonal Few VL Largely dry, sandy river
5 Fanning river trib. Riv Semi perm Ephemeral Zero-few VL Largely dry, sandy creeks
No. Water Quality Aquatic habitat Values Degree of confidence
Departure from natural Functionality Departure from natural Functionality
1 1 1 1 1 3 2
2 1 1 1 1 3 2
3 2 2 2 2 3 3
4 2 2 2 2 4 2
5 2 2 2 2 5 2


Related information

Location of Fanning River Wetlands
Location of Fanning River Wetlands

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