Environmental Studies

This contains a range of seminal reports on the status and possible impacts of dams on the environments across the Burdekin Basin.

They are arranged according to the dominant environment of the Basin that they focus on: Upper Burdekin; Lower Burdekin: wetlands and coastal areas, and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Whole River / Upper Burdekin

An initial environmental assessment of water infrastructure options in the Burdekin catchment. 74 pages (1999).
Author: Damien Burrows et al.
Download: here / link: https://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/36960/

Overview of key natural resources management issues in the Burdekin Catchment, with particular reference to water quality and salinity. 98 pages. (2002)
Author: CSIRO: Roth, C., Lawson, G., Cavanagh, D.
Link: http://www.clw.csiro.au/publications/consultancy/2003/Burdekin_Catchment_Report_Condition_Study_Phase_1-2003.pdf

Burdekin Basin draft water resource plan - Environmental assessment report, Phase 1 – current environmental condition, vol I. 999 pages (2006)
Author: Queensland: Department of Natural Resources Mines and Energy / Dr Sandra Brizga.
Link: https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/33689173

Northern rivers and dams: A preliminary assessment of surface water storage potential for northern Australia. 92 pages. (2014)
Authors: CSIRO / Petheram C., et al
Link: https://publications.csiro.au/rpr/download?pid=csiro:EP147168&dsid=DS5

Trapping efficiency of the BFD, Nth Qld. 34 pages (2009)
Authors: Lewis, S.E., Bainbridge ZT., Sherman, B.S., Brodie, J.E., Cooper, M / CSIRO
Link: http://rrrc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/372-JCU-Lewis-S-et-al-2009-Burdekin-Dam-trapping-efficiency.pdf

Lower Burdekin

Sustainable management of the Burdekin delta groundwater systems. 104 pages (2004)
Author: CSIRO – Bristow, K., Charlesworth P.B.

Coastal ecosystem management – Lower Burdekin Floodplain. 80 pages (2013)
Authors: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Link: http://elibrary.gbrmpa.gov.au/jspui/bitstream/11017/2901/2/Case_study_water_planning_Burdekin.pdf

Lower Burdekin Groundwater Strategy Project – discussion paper. 27 pages (2017)
Authors: Queensland: Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
Link: https://www.rdmw.qld.gov.au/water/consultations-initiatives/lower-burdekin-groundwater-strategy
Discussion paper: https://www.rdmw.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/1531187/lower-burdekin-groundwater-discussion.pdf

Water in the Australian sugar industry. 74 pages (2002)
Authors: CSIRO: Bristow, K., Popham, D.
Link: http://www.clw.csiro.au/publications/consultancy/2002/WaterintheAustralianSugarIndustry.pdf

Lower Burdekin irrigation extension action plan. 21 pages (2020)
Authors: Burdekin Cane Extension Group partners (BCEG) and a wide range of other sugarcane industry stakeholders

A new horizon for irrigation in the Lower Burdekin – discussion paper. 19 pages (2020)
Authors: Sugar Research Australia
Link: https://email.sugarresearch.com.au/acton/ct/15991/s-01f8-2005/Bct/l-dyn-ldc-0061/l-dyn-ldc-0061:1be/ct1_0/1?sid=TV2%3A6wLSh950g

TranspiratiONal: sprayable biodegradable polymer membrane technology for agricultural crop production systems. 2 pages (2020)
Author: CSIRO, Keith Bristow
Link: https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/AF/Areas/Sustainable-farming-systems/Sprayable-biodegradable-polymer-membrane#:~:text=We%20have%20developed%20an%20environmentally,less%20water%2C%20nutrients%20and%20agrochemicals

Water use efficiency in irrigated agriculture, an Australian perspective. 113 pages (2020)
Authors: Australian Water Partnership: Rendell, R, et al
Link: https://waterpartnership.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Water-Use-Efficiency-in-Irrigated-Agriculture-web.pdf

Coastal Impacts

Dams and climate change accelerate coastal erosion and threaten Ramsar wetlands.
Professor Eric Wolanski, 1 June 2022
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NlTOai5tlY

An initial environmental assessment of water infrastructure options in the Burdekin catchment. 74 pages (1999)
Author: Damien Burrows et al.
Link: https://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/36960/ [NOTE: Reference to Cape Bowling green formation and erosion page 47]

Tracing the sources of transport and dispersal of suspended sediment from the Burdekin river catchment into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. 227 pages. (2015)
Author: Bainbridge, Z
Link: https://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/42312/

Holocene depositional history of the Burdekin river delta of north eastern Australia: a model for a low -accommodation, high stand delta. 18 pages (2006)
Authors: fielding, C., Trueman, J., Alexander J.
Source: Journal of Sedimentary Research v76, 411-428

Modelling and monitoring the sediment trapping efficiency and sediment dynamics of the Burdekin falls Dam, Queensland Australia. 7 pages (2009)
Authors: Lewis, S.E., Sherman, B.S., Bainbridge, Z. T. , Brodie, J.E. and Cooper, M.
Link: https://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim09/I14/lewis.pdf

Physical properties of GBR lagoon waters near Townsville -I effects of Burdekin River floods
Authors: Wolanski, E. Jones, M / AIMS
Link: https://www.publish.csiro.au/MF/MF9810305

Related ABC News article: Raising Burdekin Falls Dam could create environmental disaster, say expert and farmer

Cungalla shoreline erosion management plan. 116 pages (2012)
Authors: NQ Dry Tropics for TCC
Link: https://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/22000/Shoreline-Erosion-Management-Plan-Cungulla.pdf

Great Barrier Reef Lagoon

Haughton Basin Assessment Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM Region. 131 pages (2013)
Author: GBRMPA
Link: http://elibrary.gbrmpa.gov.au/jspui/bitstream/11017/2898/2/Haughton-Basin-Assessment-2013.pdf

Reef 2050: Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017-2022. 56 pages (2017)
Author: Queensland Government 
Link: https://www.reefplan.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/46115/reef-2050-water-quality-improvement-plan-2017-22.pdf

Mixing of the Burdekin River flood waters in the GBR. 13 pages (1983)
Authors: Wolanski E, van Senden, D.

Three lines of evidence to link outbreaks of crown of thorns seastar Acanthaster planci to the release of larval food limitation. 18 pages (2010)
Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/225442864_Three_lines_of_evidence_to_link_outbreaks_of_the_crown-of-thorns_seastar_Acanthaster_planci_to_the_release_of_larval_food_limitation/link/55e3c87a08ae6abe6e8e7ee4/download

Predicting the impact of present and future human land-use on the GBR. 5 pages (2005)
Authors: Wolanski E., De’Arth G.

Map - Bowling Green Bay dugong protection areas
Author: GBRMPA
Link: http://elibrary.gbrmpa.gov.au/jspui/bitstream/11017/3003/1/130610b-GBRMPAandStateDPAs-ClevelandBay-BowlingGreenBay.pdf

Map – Bowling green bay – zoning
Author: GBRMPA
Link: http://elibrary.gbrmpa.gov.au/jspui/bitstream/11017/601/4/Map8-EditionV-Cape-Upstart.pdf