UNDER THREAT: The Caley Valley wetlands could be under threat from dumped dredge spoil. Inset: The painted snipe is one endangered species that is threatened.
UNDER THREAT: The Caley Valley wetlands could be under threat from dumped dredge spoil. Inset: The painted snipe is one endangered species that is threatened. Contributed

Problems for wetland from potential dumping

A REPORT released by environmental group, the Australian Marine Conservation Society claims the Caley Valley wetlands, near Bowen will be at risk if dredge spoil from the Abbot Point expansion is dumped there.

AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaigner Dr Lissa Schindler said while it was welcome news the dredge spoil wasn't being dumped offshore, concerns remained the spoil would be dumped on top of the internationally important wetlands at Abbot Point.

"Wetlands are the natural filters of the Reef," she said.

"They trap sediment from the land before it runs into the reef's waters. Up to 90% of wetlands have already been lost along the reef's coast."

The report recommends more research is "greatly needed before the real and potential impacts of any port expansion projects can be assessed for approval".

Dr Schindler said the area was important as it provided breeding and roosting habitats for more than 40,000 waterbirds including 10 threatened species.


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