Surface Water Management Area: Russell River
The Russell SWMA occupies an area of 668 sq km and is located in North Queensland in the wet tropics. Its primary river, the Russell River, originates in the Frances Range, not far from the highest mountain in Queensland, Mount Bartle Frere. It flows intitially through wet tropical rainforest and Bartle Frere before terminating at coastal plains. It joins the Mulgrave River at the outlet to the Coral Sea. The main water users in the SWMA are sugar cane growers. The rainfall in this wet tropical region is the highest in Australia with the mean annual rainfall for the period 1920 to 1969 ranging between 3200 and 4000 mm across the catchment.
|Total storage volume:||no data|
|Total surface water use:||1,480 ML/yr|
|Development category:||LOW DEVELOPMENT|
|Mean annual run-off:||2,131,965 ML/yr|
A four-class classification system was developed to provide a simple method to communicate the status of the use and allocation of Australia's water resources in relation to sustainable water management.
It is important to recognise that adequately quantifying a sustainable flow regime or sustainable yield and consequent operating rules is a complex matter. State, Territory and scientific agencies continue to develop and apply methods and measures for determining sustainable flow regimes and sustainable yields.
This categorisation provides a general guide only. Please refer to the State and Territory Overview and Technical reports for detail on the analysis methods used.
|2||30 - 70%||Moderate development|
|3||70 - 100%||Highly developed|
* Water use as a percentage of sustainable flow regime (surface water) and sustainable yield (groundwater)
No sustainable yield studies are available for this SWMA. A Water Management Plan is currently being developed for this SWMA.
No sustainable yield studies are available for this SWMA.
This SWMA has a low level of development. A Water Management Plan is currently being developed for this SWMA to guide future development.
No data were available about the salinity of surface water resources in the Basin / SWMA for the Australian Water Resources Assessment 2000.
Table: Major water storage areas:
There were no major water storages reported in this area as part of the assessment
- View the Queensland Water Resources Assessment 2000 Report
- View the Queensland Water Resources Assessment 2000 Technical Report
- Link to data available for download on the:
- Surface Water Management Areas
- Data from the 1985 Review of Australia's Water Resources and Water Use
- Link to the Map Maker to make a map using this information.
- For more information about water and other natural resource issues link to www.nrm.qld.gov.au.