Haughton River Wetlands
The Haughton floodplain contains one of the greatest concentrations 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 coastal floodplain than in the upper catchment. The upper Haughton River itself has few permanent waterholes whereas the Reid River and Majors Creek sub-catchments contain several significant waterholes and wetlands. Because of the intensive 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 with some rehabilitation effort these systems can be healthy and productive ecological systems. This area is a high priority for such investments.
HAUGHTON RIVER WETLAND CONDITION SUMMARY
Sources of data and definitions for this table.
|ID No.||Name||Type||Permanency of inundation||Flushing frequency / flow||No of water bodies||Prop of water bodies||Description|
|1||Upper Reid river gorges||Riv||Permanent||Intermittent||Many||M||Sloping gorge river|
|2||Reid/Upper Haughton R||Riv||Semi-perm||Ephemeral||Few||VL||Dry, sandy rivers|
|3||Haughton River||Riv||Permanent||Ephemeral||Few||VL||Dry, sandy rivers|
|4||Weir pools||Lac||Permanent||Permanent||Few||VH||Two weir pools|
|5||Majors Creek||Riv||Permanent||Intermittent||Few||L||Sandy river|
|6||Serpentine lagoon system||Pal||Seasonal||Seasonal||Several||M||Major seasonal macrophyte and grass wetland|
|7||Mt Elliot streams||Riv||Permanent||Seasonal||Many||M||High slope, rocky mntn streams, NP|
|8||Horseshoe Lagoon||Lac||Permanent||Semi-perm||One||VH||Major regional lake, supplemented by irrigation water, DOIW|
|9||Horseshoe creek||Riv, Pal||Permanent||Seasonal||Several||H||Series of vegetated lagoons, DOIW|
|10||Pink Lily Lagoon||Pal||Semi-perm||Seasonal||One||H||Shallow, macrophyte filled lake, DOIW|
|11||Crooked Creek systems||Pal||Permanent||Seasonal||Several||VH||Series of lagoons, DOIW|
|12||Healeys Lagoon system||Riv||Permanent||Semi-perm||Few||VH||Supplemented riverine lagoon|
|13||Reed beds complex||Pal||Permanent||Seasonal||Few||H||Shallow series of lakes, DOIW|
|14||Cromarty complex||Pal||Permanent||Seasonal||Many||H||Complex of coastal wetlands. DOIW, Ramsar & NP|
|No.||Water Quality||Aquatic habitat||Values||Degree of confidence|
|Departure from natural||Functionality||Departure from natural||Functionality|
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