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Riverine Wetlands

Riverine wetlands describe all deepwater habitats within a channel. The channels are naturally or artificially created and they periodically or continuously contain moving water or form a connecting link between two bodies of standing water.



Inland Waters


What ecosystem functions do riverine ecosystems perform?


Brisbane River, one of SEQ's most iconic landscapes celebrated yearly through the Riverfestival.


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Table 1 below presents the relative magnitude riverine wetlands perform different ecosystem functions (relative to other ecosystems) in SEQ.


Table 1:The relative magnitude (to other Ecosystem Reporting Categories) riverine wetlands perform each ecosystem function.

Ecosystem Function Category Ecosystem Function 0
Regulating Functions
Gas Regulation            
Climate Regulation            
Disturbance Regulation            
Water Regulation            
Soil Retention            
Nutrient Regulation            
Waste Treatment and Assimilation            
Biological Control            
Barrier Effect of Vegetation            
Supporting Functions
Supporting Habitats            
Soil Formation            
Provisioning Functions
Raw Materials            
Water Supply            
Genetic Resources            
Provision of Shade and Shelter            
Pharmacological Resources            
Cultural Functions
Landscape Opportunity            


What types of riverine wetlands are in SEQ?

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This ERC contains the Regional Ecosystems: 12.3.1, 12.3.9, 12.3.15


What is the area and extent of riverine wetlands in SEQ?


The riverine system at Diana's Bath is stained an opaque blue by natural mineral deposits in the area.

In SEQ there are many ephemeral and seasonal riverine wetlands.

Links to other publications and websites

Australian Society for Limnology
Australian Rivers Institute
WetlandCare - Types of wetlands
Riverine Conceptual Models
Ramsar Convention

Riverine Wetlands cover 503 km2, 2% of SEQ. Riverine wetlands can be found right across SEQ. This map shows stream orders 5 - 8 and riverine vegetation. Major riverine wetlands include Kin Kin Creek and Noosa River, Maroochy River, Mooloola, Pine Rivers, Stanley River, Brisbane River, Lockyer Creek, Bremer River, Logan and Albert Rivers, Nerang River and Tullebudgera Creek. Other order streams are also included in this Category. Although other order streams are not shown in this map as water courses they can be identified by the vegetation extent. 


What is the vulnerability of riverine wetlands and threats to this ecosystem in SEQ?


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How do we manage riverine wetlands in SEQ?


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