Freshwater wetlands

Queensland's freshwater wetlands provide important environmental, social, economic and cultural value. As Australia is one of the world's driest continents with increasingly variable rainfall patterns, water is a valuable and finite resource. This makes the protection and management of our freshwater wetlands resources of the utmost importance.

Growing human population levels are placing increasing demands upon our freshwater wetlands resources. Human induced demands on our freshwater wetlands include changed flow regimes, polluted water supplies, erosion, siltation of waterways, loss of habitat and habitat diversity, loss of animal and plant life and nutrient enrichment.

The continued sustainability of our freshwater wetland resources is dependent on proper management of this resource. Community attitudes are vital in achieving ecological sustainable development of our freshwater wetlands resources.

  • Wetlands riparian zone

    About the riparian zone and its importance to water quality and overall health of a catchment.

  • Restoring our wetlands

    Measures used to preserve and restore Queensland's freshwater wetlands

  • Wetlands are valuable

    Wetlands are used for activities, providing value to the ecosystem, habitats, research, water supplies & flood control.

  • Human impacts on wetlands

    River systems have been impounded as water supplies that has led to impacts on fish species.

  • Freshwater fauna

    Freshwater environments are home to numerous species including invertebrates, fish and waterbirds.

  • What are wetlands?

    Wetlands are areas of permanent or periodic water that is static, flowing, fresh, brackish or salty.

  • Freshwater fish database

    Information on the freshwater fish database project

Last updated 25 July 2012