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Information sources for site management

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  Information Where to find the information
Landscape
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 Monitoring Portal 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 Station information, river heights other relevant data
  • Reconstruction authority 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 that you see the site during dry times and in flood before you attempt any rehabilitation works or speak to people that have.
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 Are you 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 rainfal and variation

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

Bureau of Meteorology

Seasonal outlooks

WetlandMaps, QSpatial, Queensland Globe provides isohyte 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 Sulphate Soils

Pressures

WetlandMaps, Queensland Globe and QSpatial (Queensland Wetland data version 4 (series), Water storage points - Queensland, Queensland waterways for waterway barrier works, Watercourse and areas)

Acid sulphate 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
Site
Site name Official name of site or the Lot and RP of the site Property deads and ownership information, Local Government / Council websites or Queensland Atlas, 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 survey or drone survey or may need or if need as part of an approval process may need 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 your 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 wetland 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
  • Soils and geology are available on WetlandMaps (under supporting information)
  • Soil data and mapping can also be found on the Queensland Government Soils Data site
  • Basic soils tests can also be found online and carried out by hand
  • If you are struggling to find information sometimes the vegetation may also gives clues to the soil type and the water regime, more information may be found using the Regional Ecosystem database and / or online searches.
  • Some local councils or Landcare groups also provide this information.
Water regime Water source (groundwater, surface water, rainfall and artificial), catchment area of the wetland
  • The Queensland Government Water Monitoring Portal provides stream height and stream flow values from water monitoring stations throughout Queensland, historic stream flow data from decommissioned river and stream monitoring stations, groundwater levels from monitoring bores that are equipped with data loggers and the water monitoring network site lists
  • The Bureau of Meteorology provides some Hydrologic Reference Station information, river heights other relevant data
  • Reconstruction authority 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 that you see the site during dry times and in flood before you attempt any rehabilitation works.
Water chemistry Salinity, pH, colour, transparency, nutrients
Land use Local Site visit to determine local landuses that may impact on the wetland or that the wetland may impact on
Biota Vegetation zones and structure, animal populations and distribution, special features including rare/endangered species
Values
Aquatic habitat (ACA) The 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
Pressures
Pressures and / or threats Within the catchment and/or coastal zone Pressures
Funding
Government  

Australian Government, Grant Connect - Austtalian Government

State Government

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

Industry and philathopic   Many non government organisations and businesses also provide funding.
Legislation and Policy
Relevent legislation and policies Commonwealth, State and Local Government legislation

Legislation toolbox

Check the local government website. make additional enquiries or calls as needed. Some works approvals may include the need for a site visit. Starting this process early is important

Logistics and management options
What do you neighbours think? Let your neighbours know your plans, you may be legally obligated to let them know. But even if you don'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 managemnet tools and guides available on line that can be used as examples or give direct advice Wetland management tools and guides

Last updated: 20 August 2018

This page should be cited as:

Information sources for site management, WetlandInfo 2018, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 14 December 2018, <https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/rehabilitation/step-2/table.html>.

Queensland Government
WetlandInfo   —   Department of Environment and Science