Kowmung River, Kanangra-Boyd National Park: Wild River Assessment

The Kowmung River has been assessed and declared to be a wild river in good overall health despite some disturbances to the surrounding landscape and waterways.

Date
1 June 2005
Publisher
Department of Environment and Conservation
Type
Publication
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 978-1-74122-894-6
  • ID DECC20080366
  • File PDF 0.3MB
  • Pages 20
  • Name kowmung-river-kanangra-boyd-national-park-wild-river-assessment-080366.pdf

The Kowmung River is located in the Hawkesbury–Nepean catchment. Most of the 80-kilometre stretch of the Kowmung River lies within Kanangra-Boyd National Park and the lower reaches of the river lie within the Blue Mountains National Park.

The river and its catchment have been the site of natural resource use and major mining and forestry proposals, but the protection of most of the catchment by the Kanangra-Boyd National Park has helped overcome these disturbances. Most of the river was considered to meet the criteria to be declared a wild river. The condition of its biology was very good and although modifications to the catchment and waterways by weed invasion and siltation from upstream had occurred they were considered in good health. It is expected the condition of the river and its catchment will continue to improve over time.