Sedimentation is a key threat to the decline of water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef. It can affect corals, seagrass and other important habitats as well as the marine animals they support. It can also have a detrimental affect on tourism and fishing industries.
Riparian areas (the banks of rivers, creeks and wetlands) perform an important function by stablising banks to reduce erosion and the flow of sediment into the aquatic environment. Within target areas of the Baffle Creek, Burrum River and Tinana Creek catchments, recovery of riparian areas is achieved through fencing to exclude stock that damage sensitive vegetation, planting to enhance existing native vegetation and revegetation of cleared land.