Upstart Bay Catchments Wetlands

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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.

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
1 2 2 2 2 Unknown 5
2 2 2 2 2 5 4
3 2 2 2 2 5 4
4 2 2 2 2 4 4
5 2 2 2 2 2 5
6 4 4 4 4 2 3
7 4 4 4 4 2 3
8 2 2 2 2 Unknown 5

Upstart Bay Catchments