Where is the Burnett River?

Why study the Burnett?
The Burnett is not a free flowing river, yet it is a vital part of a number of towns and cities economic and social and environmental being.
The Burnett River Basin, together with the Condamine-Balonne, Brisbane and Fitzroy River Basins, represent the lowest level of ecological health of river basins in Queensland. As a result of past and present land use activities, including extensive land clearing and the development of an extensive series of dams and weirs for irrigated agriculture, the ecology of the Burnett River Basin has been significantly degraded and simplified.
At present, there are a total 31 Dams and Weirs on the Burnett Basin. (some sources count is 32 - http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=633)
However, despite this level of ecological degradation, the Basin still contains a number of rivers and streams and parts of rivers and streams that remain unregulated and in relatively 'wild' and 'natural' condition. These include rivers such as the Auburn, Elliot, Gregory and Isis Rivers and the Gin Gin Creek. The headwaters of the Upper Burnett, the Kolan, the Boyne, the Nogo, Splinter Creek and the Three Moon Creek all retain conservation value derived from their relative naturalness.

Environments and Species of Significance:
Queensland Lungfish - http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/species/n-forsteri.html population about 1000!!!
Mary River Turtle - http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicspecies.pl?taxon_id=64389

Health Assessments:
WaterShed - Department of Natural Resources and Water
This web site provides access to gauging station information, streamflow data summaries and chemical analyses of water samples from the surface water data archive of the Department of Natural Resources.
The flow summary information supplied is based on data recorded and calculated by the Department's hydrographic staff.
Water quality summary information is based on chemical analysis at the laboratories of Queensland Health Scientific Services of samples collected by hydrographic staff.
The Department collects the following data at Flow monitoring sites:
  • stream gauge height and water quality information from automatic recorders (time series data)
  • gauged flow rates (streamflow measurements)
  • surveyed cross sectional information
  • water samples at gauging stations for analysis
  • field measurement of a variety of water quality parameters

State of the River Project: http://www.nrw.qld.gov.au/science/state_of_rivers/burnett.html

Water Quality Parameters
Baldwin Swamp Catchment
Sandy Hook
Cedar's Crossing
Dissolved Oxygen
1.7 mg/L
2.2 mg/L
Dissolved Carbon Dioxide
5 mg/L
Tested conducted on 21st May 2007
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2007 Photographs

2008 - 22nd April - Air Temp at 2:50pm was 24 deg
Data collected at Cedar's Crossing
South: 24deg 58.430'
East: 152 deg 11.102"
Elevation: 43m

Water Temperature - 26deg
Dissolved Oxygen - 5.8ppm
pH - 6.5
Nitrites - 0 ppm
Nitrates - 0 ppm
Ammonia - 0.50ppm (a little higher than expected)
Dissolved Carbon Dioxide - N/A
Turbidity - +100cm
No much evidence of introduced water plants at sample site.

2008 Cedar's Crossing 22 April
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