Upstart Bay Catchments Wetlands
The creek systems of this sub-division are mostly ephemeral, only running for short periods after significant rainfall. The coastal freshwater wetlands are also mostly ephemeral or seasonal. Several of them are included in the Directory of Important Wetlands, though this is largely based on their marine and estuarine wetland values. Very little is known about these wetlands ecologically, and any permanent waterholes within the creeks are likely small in size and very vulnerable to disturbance. Saltwater Creek is the exception as it retains several large, permanent waterholes and wetlands, though these are surrounded by intensive agriculture and their condition is relatively poor.
UPSTART BAY CATCHMENTS WETLAND CONDITION SUMMARY
|ID No.||Name||Type||Permanency of inundation||Flushing frequency / flow||No of water bodies||Prop of water bodies||Description|
|1||The Cape||Pal||Semi Perm||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||-|
|2||Sandy Creek||Riv||Unknown||Ephemeral||Zero-few||VL||Dry creek|
|3||Molongle Creek||Riv||Unknown||Ephemeral||Zero-few||VL||Dry creek|
|4||Rocky Ponds Creek||Riv||Unknown||Ephemeral||Zero-few||VL||Dry creek|
|5||Wangaratta Wetlands||Pal||Unknown||Unknown||Many||Unknown||Uncertain – coastal wetland complex, DOIW|
|6||Saltwater Creek lagoons||Riv/Pal||Permanent||Semi-perm||Several||M||Supplemented by irrigation water|
|7||Saltwater Ck/Yellow Gin Ck||Pal||Unknown||Semi-perm||Few-Many||L||Supplemented by irrigation water, DOIW|
|8||Mt Alma wetlands||Pal||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||DOIW|
|No.||Water Quality||Aquatic habitat||Values||Degree of confidence|
|Departure from natural||Functionality||Departure from natural||Functionality|
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