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Overview

The condition of our waterways impacts the social and economic benefits they provide. Understanding and reporting on the condition of our waterways is critical to identify these impacts and inform effective waterway management.  The newly evolved 2015 Report Card assesses progress towards:

  • restoring and maintaining key habitats (i.e. riparian vegetation) 
  • reducing pollutant loads (sediment and nutrients) entering waterways 
  • improving and maintaining water quality
  • restoring and maintaining key ecosystem processes
  • restoring and maintaining resilient and healthy aquatic communities (i.e. fish populations).

Additional Information

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Wetland extents info metadata

Based on wetland mapping version 4.0

Healthy Waterways report card organisation wetland area by system 2013
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 1,669.8 100.0% 7.1%
Artificial and highly modified 333.3 20.0% 1.4%
Estuarine 239.6 14.3% 1.0%
Lacustrine 25.0 1.5% 0.1%
Palustrine 664.2 39.8% 2.8%
Riverine 407.7 24.4% 1.7%

There are approximately 4,258 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Healthy Waterways report card organisation wetland area by habitat 2013
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 1,669.8 100.0% 7.1%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 184.8 11.1% 0.8%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 54.8 3.3% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 117.0 7.0% 0.5%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 68.9 4.1% 0.3%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 125.0 7.5% 0.5%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 262.0 15.7% 1.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 58.5 3.5% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 32.8 2.0% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 11.7 0.7% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 3.8 0.2% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Perched 9.1 0.5% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 0.5 0.0% 0.0%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 329.8 19.7% 1.4%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 3.3 0.2% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 0.3 0.0% 0.0%
Riverine 407.7 24.4% 1.7%

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wetland extent changes

Healthy Waterways report card organisation wetland extent change by system
System 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2013/pre-clear
percentage
Total 1,669.8 1,657.5 1,656.3 1,657.3 65.7%
Artificial and highly modified 333.3 317.6 311.2 305.2 n/a
Estuarine 239.6 239.6 239.7 240.0 81.9%
Lacustrine 25.0 25.0 24.9 24.6 99.7%
Palustrine 664.2 665.8 669.7 675.2 51.1%
Riverine 407.7 409.5 410.7 412.2 54.2%
Healthy Waterways report card organisation wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 1,669.8 1,657.5 1,656.3 1,657.3
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 184.8 184.8 184.9 185.1
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 54.8 54.8 54.8 55.0
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 117.0 117.3 117.9 118.9
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 68.9 69.2 69.5 69.8
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 125.0 125.0 125.2 125.2
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 262.0 262.8 264.8 268.1
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 58.5 58.6 59.1 59.6
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 32.8 32.9 33.3 33.5
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 11.7 11.7 11.8 11.6
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.8
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Perched 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 329.8 314.0 307.6 301.7
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.3
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
Riverine 407.7 409.5 410.7 412.2

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wildlife

Kingdom
Class
Native Introduced Wetland
indicator
species
Rare or
threatened
species
All
TOTAL 7793 1055 675 339 8898
UNKNOWN 0 0 0 0 1
Animals 1230 48 289 117 1314
Mammals 138 18 10 22 156
Birds 518 14 93 49 568
Reptiles 169 2 18 20 171
Amphibians 56 1 21 12 57
Lobe-finned fishes 1 0 1 1 1
Ray-finned fishes 65 13 78 5 78
Cartilaginous fishes 15 0 15 3 15
Lampreys 1 0 1 0 1
Insects 257 0 52 4 257
Malacostracans 8 0 0 1 8
Arachnids 1 0 0 0 1
Snails 1 0 0 0 1
Fungi 1746 2 0 0 1748
Plants 4165 1005 386 222 5183
Protists 652 0 0 0 652

Note: Wildlife statistics are based on information that has been submitted to the EHP WildNet database and converted to a 10km² grid. The grid information has been intersected with the mapping polygons to determine the species lists. Click here to view the species grid metadata.

Information from WildNet can also be accessed via Wildlife Online and WetlandMaps.

Rare or threatened includes species listed as extinct, extinct in the wild, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or conservation dependent under either the Nature Conservation Act or Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this product, the Queensland Government and Australian Government make no representations or warranties about its accuracy, reliability, completeness or suitability for any particular purpose and disclaim all responsibility and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages (including indirect or consequential damage) and costs which might be incurred as a consequence of reliance on the product, or as a result of the product being inaccurate or incomplete in any way and for any reason.

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Healthy Waterways report card organisation — facts and maps, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 12 September 2017, <https://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/report-card-organisation-healthy-waterways/>.

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