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Information sources for aquatic ecosystem rehabilitation planning

Landscape

  Information Where to find the information
Catchment Catchment and sub-catchments WetlandMaps, QSpatial, Queensland Globe
Hydrology Water regime of the catchment (e.g. rivers, groundwater, surface flow)
  • The Queensland Government Water Information Monitoring Portal provides stream height and stream flow values from monitoring stations throughout Queensland, historic stream flow data from river and stream monitoring stations, groundwater levels from monitoring bores and water monitoring network site lists
  • Bureau of Meteorology Hydrologic Reference Stations information, river heights other relevant data
  • Flood check map
  • Local council web sites often provide flood mapping, some provide additional water flow information
  • Please note that mapping does not always show enough information when it comes to flooding. It is highly recommended to check the site during dry times and in flood, or speak to people that have, before any rehabilitation works are attempted.
Geology

Where it occurs within the landscape

Google Earth and Queensland Globe can be used in combination to find out more about the landscape

Biogeographical region The biogeographical region and Land Zones Land zones and regional ecosystems can be found on WetlandMaps and the Queensland Globe
Floodplain Is the site in a floodplain? How does it function (e.g. are there constrictions, coastal and within the floodplain is it positioned Is it a constricted floodplain? Are there any modifications that will change flow? Does it only get wet with overland flow?
Land use Catchment, impact on hydrology (e.g. periodicity) and catchment health WetlandMaps, QSpatial, Queensland Globe
Climate and weather

Climate zone, temperature rainfall and variation

This will impact on the type of wetland, what plants are appropriate, when actions should be undertaken and more

Bureau of Meteorology

Climate outlooks and drivers

WetlandMaps, QSpatial, Queensland Globe provides isohyet and other relevant mapping

Pressures and / or threats

Within the catchment and/or coastal zone

Connectivity-Causeways, roads, tracks, levees, water storage and other changes may impact overland and instream hydrology

Acid Sulfate Soils

Pressures

WetlandMaps, Queensland Globe and QSpatial

Acid sulfate soils

Land tenure and administrative authority For the wetland critical parts of the catchment and/or coastal zone Google Earth and Queensland Globe combined
Management plans and monitoring programs Many areas have catchment or other styles of management plans in place and often provide very useful information Google search, local council, State government library search
Great Barrier Reef specific information sources There are many resources designed specifically for the Great Barrier Reef. Consider the downstream impacts of the rehabilitation activity and if the Great Barrier Reef is included as a downstream receiving environment.
  • Resources for coastal managers
  • Water Quality Improvement Plans
  • Scientific Consensus Statement for the Great Barrier Reef
  • Reef Trust Gully and Streambank Toolbox
  • Site

      Information Where to find the information?
    Site name Official name of site or the Lot and RP of the site Property deeds and ownership information, Local Government / Council websites or QSpatial, Google Earth and Queensland Globe
    Location Map coordinates and projection, map centroid, elevation Google Earth and Queensland Globe, WetlandMaps
    Area and boundary Size and variation, range and average values Google Earth and Queensland Globe, WetlandMaps
    General description Shape, cross-section and plan view Depending on the size of the project these may be hand drawn, undertaken by field or drawn survey or drone survey. Some approval processes may require these to be drawn up by an engineer.
    Wetland system Wetlands in Queensland have been classified into wetland systems (lacustrine, palustrine, riverine, estuarine, marine and subterranean)

    Queensland wetland systems Is the wetland a palustrine (marsh or swamp), lacustrine (lakes and dams), riverine (rivers or deep-water habitats in a channel), estuarine (brackish waters at the marine– freshwater interface) or marine (Saltwater up to 6 m in depth) system?

    Wetland type

    Wetlands in Queensland have been classified into discrete wetland habitat types on a state scale.

    Queensland classification scheme

    Wetland management profiles

    Conceptual models

    Geomorphic setting

    The geological setting of the site

    Due to the scale of the majority of geomorphic mapping a site/s visit will be necessary to determine any geomorphic features in the site e.g. sandstone or basalt wall

    Soil Structure, colour or type
    Water regime Water source (groundwater, surface water, rainfall and artificial), catchment area of the wetland
    • The Queensland Government Water Information Monitoring Portal provides stream height and stream flow values from monitoring stations throughout Queensland, historic stream flow data from river and stream monitoring stations, groundwater levels from monitoring bores and water monitoring network site lists
    • Bureau of Meteorology Hydrologic Reference Stations information, river heights other relevant data
    • Flood check map
    • Local council web sites often provide flood mapping, some provide additional water flow information
    • Please note that mapping does not always show enough information when it comes to flooding. It is highly recommended to check the site during dry times and in flood, or speak to people that have, before any rehabilitation works are attempted.
    Water chemistry Salinity, pH, colour, transparency, nutrients
    Land use Local
    Biota Vegetation zones and structure, animal populations and distribution, special features including rare/endangered species

     

    Values and ecosystem services

      Information Where to find the information?
    Aquatic habitat (ACA) Aquatic habitat values
    Ecosystem values and benefits (goods and services) derived from the wetland Including products, functions and attributes and, where possible, their worth to humans

    Beneficiaries and stakeholders

      Information Where to find the information?
    Identifying stakeholders and beneficiaries Methods available for guidance on how to identify stakeholders and beneficiaries
    Engagement with stakeholders and beneficiaries Engagement guides and tools

    Pressures

      Information Where to find the information?
    Pressures and / or threats Within the catchment and/or coastal zone Pressures

    Funding

      Information Where to find the information?
    Government  

    Grant Connect - Australian Government

    State Government

    Local Government often have additional funding options which can be found on their websites

    Industry and philanthropic   Many non-government organisations and businesses also provide funding.

    Legislation, policy and planning

      Information Where to find the information?
    Relevant legislation and policies Commonwealth, State and local government legislation

    Programs, policy and legislation

    Check the local government website. Make additional enquiries or calls as needed. Some works approvals may include the need for a site visit.

    Regional Plans Regional plans set the long-term strategic direction for how our regions will grow and respond to change over time.

    Regional Planning

    Water Plans Water plans are developed under the Water Act 2000 to sustainably manage and allocate water resources in Queensland.

    Water Planning Framework

    Logistics and management options

      Information Where to find the information?
    What do your neighbours think? Let your neighbours know your plans, you may be legally obligated to let them know. But even if you aren't they might be a power house of information and or help. You know where they live!
    Wetland management tools and guides There are a number of wetland management tools and guides available online that can be used as examples or give direct advice Wetland management tools and guides

    Last updated: 22 June 2022

    This page should be cited as:

    Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2022) Information sources for aquatic ecosystem rehabilitation planning, WetlandInfo website, accessed 5 October 2022. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/rehabilitation/rehab-process/step-1/table.html

    Queensland Government
    WetlandInfo   —   Department of Environment and Science