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Wetland Restoration

From the Wet Tropics through the Burdekin to the Fitzroy, our wetland restoration projects are designed to boost Reef health and support threatened species, bringing benefits for landholders and the environment. We are restoring coastal wetlands to reduce pollutants like dissolved inorganic nitrogen, increase focal species populations (fish, birds and turtles), and restore ecological connections with the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

Coastal wetlands are valuable for their plants, fish, birds and invertebrate life.

Changes to the landscape and land management practices in the past 100 years have dramatically affected wetlands, making them vulnerable to environmental impacts. Damage by cattle, feral pigs and alterations in fire regimes can have significant impact to the health of a wetland. In addition, water quality is affected by invasion of tropical fish and changes to land management.

Weed species such as Water Hyacinth, Olive hymenachne, Para grass and Salvinia now dominate some wetlands, further impacting on native species.

We’re working with Traditional Owners and landholders to improve grazing management practices to encourage healthy wetlands, reduce the spread of invasive aquatic weeds, and revegetate wildlife corridors. To reduce nutrient run-off (DIN) from cane production before it enters the Great Barrier Reef lagoon, and enhance local biodiversity, our objective is to construct water quality treatment trains and artificial wetlands.

Collectively, these actions will restore the overall resilience of these wetlands and improve water quality flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.

We work with partners to build the capacity of the community through education programs, engagement with land owners and working with Indigenous and landholder groups to undertake environmental monitoring.